3 Things: Lily Hevesh, Justin Willman, and Oscar Martinez / 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 latest episode of You're the Expert features Dr. Helen Fisher from the Kinsey Institute talking about the biology and evolution of human love with comedians Bowen Yang, Michelle Buteau, and Matt Koff.  Link

TONIGHT Saturday, September 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Magnet Theater. I'm telling stories which some of the best improvisers in NYC will turn into scenes on the spot for the always hilarious improv show, The Armando Diaz Experience.  Link

Sunday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. You're the Expert is back for a new live taping with a mystery scientist and a panel of incredible comedians.  Link

Sunday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Dynasty Typewriter. I'm hosting a live taping of You're the Expert with panelists Aparna Nancherla, Max Silvestri, and a special guest. This is my only show in LA for the next couple months, so don't miss it! Tickets on sale this coming week

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 an incredible scientist who is named Dr. Jennifer Lopez (not a joke). It's going to be amazing.  Link

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

This week's list

Lily Hevesh is a world record holder, a viral star, and a self-made entrepreneur. She's the world's greatest domino artist. If you need a break from watching our democratic institutions teeter and tumble, might I suggest watching an elaborate domino-based Rube Goldberg machine instead? There's a reason Lily has some of the most popular videos on YouTube. They're simultaneously amazing and soothing. Everything is in its right place and then it falls perfectly and is done, like a Tibetan sand painting (if the monks regularly accepted deals to create sponsored content). How Hevesh5 Builds Amazing Domino Chain Reactions

The LA Times said that Justin Willman is "a new breed of comic who's making magic cool again for grown-ups." I don't know if magic is ever going to be "cool" but Justin is the rare performer who is genuinely funny as a comedian and genuinely impressive as a magician. His new special "Magic for Humans" just came out on Netflix and it's delightful. Watch as Justin combines both magic and social psychology to create illusions and very entertaining results. Here's a clip of one of my favorites: Justin Willman Makes This Guy Think He's Invisible

I finished reading Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martinez's book The Beast this week. It's one of the most moving and beautifully written nonfiction books I've ever read. I'd put it right up there with Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Barbara Demick'sNothing To Envy. Martinez helped found the award-winning investigative journalism site El Faro and in The Beast, he follows Central American migrants and refugees on their dangerous trek through Mexico to the Southern border of the United States. Martinez rides the rails and buses with these people, dodging thieves and cartels and corrupt police. He tells the stories of the people that so often become nameless in the news.Here's a review and here's a link to the book itself. 

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Have a great weekend,