3 Things: Rebecca Traister, Gabe Gundacker, and The Good Place / 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 newest episode of You're the Expert features NY Department of Sanitation's anthropologist-in-residence Dr. Robin Nagle. Robin talks trash with panelists Maeve Higgins, Dylan Marron, and Gary Richardson. Link

I'm also back on Negin Farsad's Fake The Nation this week as part of a big compilation episode. My segment starts at about 30:50 and we discuss why fewer people are going to church these days. Link

Friday, October 5th at 10:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Comedy Collective. I'm doing improv on Carley Moseley's show MONSTER MASH. Carley is the best and she's assembled some of the funniest improvisers in the country from SNLSecond CityComedy Central, and more. Link

Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at UCB East Village. I'm telling a story on David Martin's long-running Nights of Our Lives show. It's always a fun night and I'm honored to be a regular guest. Come check it out!  Link

Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic. I'm doing a live taping of You're the Expert with panelists Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and Dr. Jennifer Lopez (not that J.Lo). Link

As always, you can find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week’s list

Oh boy. It has been a tough week to be a feeling, sentient human in America. I've been struggling with what to write here and I honestly still don't know what to say. I think that instead of recommending anything great in the "fun" sense, I'll recommend something great in the "powerful or significant" sense. Rebecca Traister has a new book out that's all about the "revolutionary power of women's anger," which couldn't be more timely. We should all be angry right now and this interview with Traister gave me a lot to consider about how we can channel that anger into change. Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister 

I'm also very aware that I am a comedian and many people need a break from the news for their mental health right now. So let me present you with an opportunity to escape this reality into a blissful alternate world filled with the most hilarious viral song. I can't explain what is so magical about this, but I can tell you that Gabriel Gundacker has made fifty seconds of music that has been stuck in my head and made me laugh out loud all week.Zendaya is Meechee (h/t Max Silvestri) 

Season Three of The Good Place just started back up on NBC. I caught up on seasons one and two on Netflix over the summer and loved them. The Good Place has got to be one of the most (if not the most) intellectual and philosophical sitcoms to ever air on network television. Every episode is packed full of laugh out loud jokes, but the driving core of the show is: how can you become a good person? It's a show very much worth watching and a question we all need to be asking ourselves. Talking to a Philosopher About The Good Place (warning: contains some spoilers)

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Take care of yourselves,