3 Things: Chibundu Onuzo, Pete Lee, and Nick DiMola / 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

The most recent episode of You're the Expert features Anand Varma, a NatGeo photographer and biologist whose photos have made possible scientific discoveries about bees, bats, and brain-controlled crabs. He talks to comedians Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, and Kasha Patel about the intersection between art and science. Link

Season One of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas is wrapped, but all ten episodes are streaming online now. 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

I'm halfway through Chibundu Onuzo's incredible novel Welcome to Lagos right now and I'm savoring every moment. She's created so many compelling characters and it's an amazing story. If you're looking for a new book to read, I definitely recommend it. It's the story of army officer Chike Ameobi, who deserts after being ordered to kill civilians and ends up traveling with a band of runaways towards Nigeria's biggest city and a new life. Here's an excerpt you can read online: Welcome to Lagos

Pete Lee is a standup comedian and deeply nice person, who's able to get huge laughs onstage without even a hint of meanness. That's much harder than Pete makes it look. Watch his charming and hilarious set on Fallon, where he talks about why he loves the middle seat on airplanes, crying in public, and the best way to deal with dropping a sandwich. Pete Lee

Nick DiMola is a garbageman who loves garbage. This seven minute short film, directed by Olivier Bernier, captures a true New York character. Nick loves his job, but also finds higher meaning in discovering treasures and mementos among the junk he's paid to haul to the landfill. It's a beautiful short film and a pretty amazing look into what people leave behind. Also, it's a great way to experience Nick's passion without any of the smells. A Garbage Story  (I really recommend the short film, but if you'd prefer reading instead, the NYT profiled Nick as well: In Queens, A Man Culls Relics From the Junk)

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