3 Things: Joanna Hausmann, Eliza Cossio, and Will Guzzardi / 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

You can listen to You're the Expert, my podcast where three comedians interview a scientist about her work and why it matters.  Link

No Hard Feelings is in book stores this Tuesday, February 5th! It's written by my wife Mollie West Duffy and her co-author Liz Fosslien and it's fantastic. You can read more about it and pre-order here: Link

Tuesday, February 5 at Powerhouse Arena. Come join me in the audience for Mollie and Liz's official book release! They're going to have prizes, a photo station, and of course, they'll be reading from their newly published book. Link

I'm joining Pop-Up Magazine for their spring tour, which is a special high school themed edition. I'll be joining a group of educators, journalists, musicians, and more as the comic relief.
-2/28 in Memphis at the Crosstown Arts Theater
-3/2 in Nashville at the War Memorial Auditorium
-3/7 in Denver at the Ogden Theatre
-3/8 in Colorado Springs at the Shockley-Zalabak Theater
-3/15 in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre
-3/30 in Chicago at the Harris Theater

 You can get tickets for all those shows (and more, as they're announced) online at my website here.

This week’s list

Joanna Hausmann is a Venezuelan-American comedian, writer, and performer. She's built a following for herself online with short funny videos that explore cultural differences. But with the recent events in Venezuela and the confusion surrounding them in the U.S. media, Joanna is using her platform to try and help her American fans understand the answer to a simple question: What's Happening in Venezuela?

Eliza Cossio is such a creative, hilarious writer and also a lovely person. This week, she gave a true gift to the world in the form of a script for a crossover episode between Sex and the City and The Sopranos. It showcases Eliza's offbeat sense of humor, but also her ability to write pitch-perfect dialogue for both shows. I don't know what else I can say other than it's so so so funny. "Business or Personal?"

One of my best friends from college, Will Guzzardi, is a state representative for Chicago's 39th District. Watching Will decide to run, campaign, and ultimately win his race was one of the most inspiring things I've gotten to witness. There's not a lot of glory in being a state representative. It's not a flashy position or even the most powerful one. But it's a chance to make a positive impact on his neighborhood. I think about Will whenever I start feeling cynical about politics. Because while there's lots to be dismayed by, there are also good hard-working people out there who just want to help their communities and grapple with the tough issues. This short documentary about Will versus Chicago's political machine is definitely worth a watch. I think we could all use a reminder that there are people like Will out there. The 39th 

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