3 Things: Rob Delaney, Ellie Shechet, and Andrew Boryga / 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 on Friday, April 5th. Season 2 is a deep-dive into education in America. I've loved writing for the show and I'm so glad you'll get to see it soon. Check out the trailer here

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

I'm currently on tour with Pop-Up Magazine XQ and our shows in Tennessee and Colorado were so much fun. I'll be in LA this coming week, then Chicago, and then Seattle (tickets/details coming soon for that one).
-3/15 in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre SOLD OUT
-3/30 in Chicago at the Harris Theater

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

This week’s list

The television show Catastrophe delivers a powerful combination of emotions. It's funny and heartbreaking and charming and beautiful and cringeworthy all at once. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney have created something very special and different from any other show about love. Going into the final season, Rob Delaney talks about the personal tragedy of losing his son and how he used humor and the show to help him survive. This interview is full of that same mix of quick absurdist jokes followed by almost stunning vulnerability. Rob Delaney Still Wants to Make You Laugh 

Ellie Shechet is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. She's written for places like Jezebel andThe New York Times. But her true masterwork is a weekly newsletter called "Horrible Lists." It's exactly what it sounds like. Every Monday, Ellie sends out a short email with a list of items from a different horrible category and they are always laugh out loud hilarious. She is a comic genius. Previous issues have included "the real names of beetles," "things Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard said during an Architectural Digest tour of their Brooklyn home," and "backup pitches for my TV writing class." I often find myself pulling up her emails so I can show them to a friend and watch the pure joy on their face as they read. Here's my all-time favorite: 9 Times My Local Cafe Owner Has Fired Back at His Haters (h/t Emma Carmichael)

The best part of this Pop-Up Magazine tour has been meeting the other contributors and folks who work behind the scenes. This week, I've gotten to have some great conversations with Andrew Boryga, a writer and educator who teaches in colleges and prisons when he's not working on his novel or a magazine feature. Andrew often incorporates photographs into his stories. A beautiful example is this article about "growing up in the Bronx, and never truly leaving it." It's a piece that will stay with you long after you're finished reading. A Place I Could Call My Own

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