3 Things: Alice Trillin, Ramy Youssef, and Jonny Sun / by Chris Duffy


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Upcoming Shows

I co-wrote last night's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas, where we looked at the big business of school lunch and how Minneapolis is trying to make sure that all kids get healthy, delicious meals. Link

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

Monday, May 13 at 9:00 p.m. at The Magnet. I'm telling a story at the long running and wonderful Nights of Our Lives show. Link

Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the 92nd St Y. Mollie and Liz are doing a talk and book signing for their bestseller No Hard Feelings. The 92 St Y is an NYC institution and I'm so excited to get to see them onstage there. Come learn about emotions with me! Link

Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Space. I will be performing at Uptown Showdown, a comedic debate. This month the topic is thinkers vs feelers and features me and Aparna Nancherla. Link

Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Join me in the audience for Liz and Mollie's book talk and discussion about emotions at work for No Hard FeelingsLink

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

This week’s list

Calvin Trillin is one of the best nonfiction writers of all time. So much of his work, especially his food writing, featured his wife, Alice, as a muse and a comedic presence. When she passed away, he wrote About Alice, which is one of the most lovely and funny pieces of writing I've ever read. Here's an excerpt. Alice was a writer herself and her article in the New England Journal of Medicine about the experience of being a cancer patient has, for many years now, been used to train doctors. Both Alice and Calvin's work proves that even in the midst of tragedy, it's possible to find beauty and laughter. Of Dragons and Garden Peas

Ramy Youssef created and stars in a critically acclaimed TV show. He's got an HBO comedy special coming out. In a lot of ways, it seems like he's hitting the traditional path of showbiz success. But he's subverting expectations about what that success should look like. His real life best friend, Steve Way, who has muscular dystrophy, co-stars on the sitcom. And instead of the typical talkshow chitchat, Ramy talked about his faith and his father's immigrant experience with Colbert. "I Wish Muslims Prayed on Sundays"

Jonny Sun built a following with his tweets in the character of a very emotional alien who is beginning to understand life on Earth. Now he writes for my favorite TV show, Bojack Horseman, when he's not co-authoring a book with Lin-Manuel Miranda or giving a TED Talk or getting his PhD in urban studies at MIT. How does a person like him manage to be so insanely productive? The NYT found out in his work diary. Correct Spellign Optoinal, Creativity Mandatory

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