3 Things: D'Arcy Carden, Flight of the Conchords, and Choe Sang-Hun / by Chris Duffy

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Upcoming Shows

Last night's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas was another that I co-wrote. Wyatt looks at how a high school in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood is dealing with gentrification and fighting to make sure their kids have the same access to education as wealthier neighborhoods. 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

TONIGHT! Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 p.m. at The Brick. I'm on Carley Moseley's improv show alongside some of the funniest people in NYC. Plus this show features a talk/tasting with Jake Dell of Katz's Deli. 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 on the always hilarious 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

D'Arcy Carden stars in some my favorite TV shows. More than that, she's almost always my favorite character. It's because she has this infectious electricity onscreen. She's hilarious, energetic, and incredibly versatile. On a single episode of The Good Placealone, she regularly plays a good, bad, and neutral version of her character Janet. And if this Washington Post profile is at all accurate, she's just as great offscreen as well.  How D'Arcy Carden Finally Found Her Good Place

I've been going back through old Flight of the Conchords videos and songs this week. It's so fun to rediscover how good they are at extremely silly musical comedy. I love that even years after their show went off the air, they still get together to write more goofy songs. They're clearly having a lot of fun. If you're not already familiar, you gotta start with this all-time classic: It's Business Time. But I also love this newer hit I just discovered: Father and Son.

One of the many downsides of slimmer budgets at newspapers is there are fewer reporters on the ground outside the United States. It means that Americans tend to only hear about wars and tragedies abroad. When there are pieces about everyday life, they can sometimes be reductive or even stereotypical. But Choe Sang-Hun bucks that trend. His South Korea stories for The New York Times are deeply reported and often very beautiful. I loved this piece about elderly women in rural communities deciding to go back to school. Running Out of Children, A South Korean School Enrolls Grandmothers

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