3 Things: Amy Poehler & Maya Rudolph, Vanity Plates, and Elizabeth Weil / 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

Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas returns to HBO this coming Friday for a season that's all about education in America. Check out the trailer here

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

TONIGHT Saturday, March 30 at the Harris Theater. I'm performing with Pop-Up Magazine + XQ. SOLD OUT

Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at The Intrepid. I'm co-hosting a show called Attraction Lab, where with the help of a scientist I'll lead the audience in a series of interactive experiments underneath a space shuttle. Link

Saturday, April 20 at 9:30 p.m. at The Brick. I'm on Bit Tank, a parody show where comedians pitch jokes to comedy entrepreneurs for real money. Link

Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Moore Theater. My final date of this tour with Pop-Up Magazine and XQ. This is your last chance to see the show. link

You can find ticket links for all upcoming shows online at my website here.

This week’s list

Every once in a while, I get bored with the regular format of this email and do a themed edition. So this week's list is all about driving, cars, and the open road. So let's start with a road trip I wish I could have tagged along on.  

Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph took a joyride through California for Vanity Fair and the resulting article is just perfect. "Female friendship is Poehler and Rudolph's brand. It's the reason they and their pal Tina Fey have become awards-show favorites, most recently opening the host-less Oscars. Watching them in action feels like hanging out with the world's sharpest, funniest girl gang." Funny or Bust: Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph

Continuing the car theme is this incredible look at rejected vanity plates from the California DMV. The license plates themselves are funny, but reading the notes of the bureaucrats in charge of determining whether they're offensive or not is pure joy. From LA MagazineThe DMV reviewed thousands of license plates last year. These are our favorites.  (h/t Allissa Wickham)

Elizabeth Weil has a piece in California Sunday about a remarkable attempt to get adults who are decades out of school to finish their high school degrees. They staffed a bus with educators, held classes in the back, and did everything they could to make it possible for people who'd given up on education to give it another shot. The story of the Five Keys Mobile Self-Determination Project is definitely worth reading. What happens when you put a classroom on wheels and park it in the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco?

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Have a wonderful weekend!