3 Things: Becca Heller, CJ Hunt, and Erynn Brook / by Chris Duffy


Happy Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting.

Upcoming Shows

Season One of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas. is officially a wrap, but you can stream all ten episodes on HBO Go / HBO Now. The full last episode is also up on YouTube here: Link  

Jo Firestone, Zhubin Parang, and Shalewa Sharpe encounter the chambered nautilus on the most recent episode of You're the Expert. Dr. Jennifer Basil teaches them all about these mysterious creatures of the deep and how they're helping her understand memory and navigation. Link

TODAY! Saturday, June 23 at 4 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You Get A Spoon, my variety show and audience prize giveaway with comedy from Julia Johns (MTV) and a reading by Mads Jensen (Rookie Mag). Link

Tuesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. at The Bell House. Sarah Kay's Wordy Thirty. A night of poetry, music, and performances put together by the incredible Sarah Kay. All proceeds to benefit Hispanic Federations' UNIDOS program for Puerto Rico relief and recovery efforts. Link

Sunday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You're the Expert with comedians Josh Gondelman, Dylan Marron, and Ashley Brooke Roberts! Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

Becca Heller is the co-founder and director of the Immigrant Refugee Assistance Project, an organization that provides legal assistance and advocacy. IRAP is doing amazing work fighting against policies like the travel ban and child separation and Becca is a fierce advocate. She's also hilarious. Her interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show was so funny and unexpectedly full of profanity and great off-the-cuff moments. You can see the whole thing in its unedited glory here: Dispelling Myths About Refugees in the Trump Era (and here is IRAP's site if you want to donate to them) 

CJ Hunt is a comedian, writer, producer, storyteller, director... he basically does it all. He's someone I've admired as a person and a comedian since I was in college and first saw him on stage. This story he told for a Father's Day episode of The Moth Radio Hour encapsulates what I think makes CJ so special. He's funny and goofy, but also vulnerable and intelligent. CJ's story starts at 7:20 in. I Will Be Your Father Figure 

(See more from CJ here)

I read this illustrated essay a couple weeks ago and I have thought about it many times since. It's the kind of work whose power is getting stuck in your psyche, bouncing around and creating a new awareness of how people struggle and see the world. Emily Flake's beautiful illustrations make this a work of art. It's an issue and a mindset that too often gets ignored in the media. The Difference Between Being Broke and Being Poor

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Enjoy the weekend,