3 Things: Gideon Irving, Eliza Cossio, and Terrace House / by Chris Duffy

This week, I've been working on some longer term projects. My favorite thing in the world is performing in front of a live audience, but sometimes the show scheduling and joke writing means that I don't leave myself enough time to tackle bigger, more ambitious ideas. So I'm taking some time over the next few months to do that. In the meantime, you might notice I have fewer live shows on my calendar. And I'm sure friends and family will notice a desperate need for laughter and a sharp, hungry edge in my eyes every time I hear the sound of applause. (I'm joking... kind of.)

In the Fall, I'll be doing a big national tour and I'm staying open to any fun, interesting opportunities that might pop up in the meantime. Since tomorrow is Father's Day, I'm also feeling grateful to have had a dad as supportive as mine, even if he truly could not understand my career any less. He was the first person in his family to go to college and worked in an auto factory over the summers to pay his tuition. I'm an adult who gets paid to play make-believe. As he put it when I told him I was quitting teaching to tell jokes, "Well, you're continuing the grand Duffy tradition of your dad having absolutely no relevant career advice to give you at all." 

Upcoming Shows

Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas is now officially wrapped, but both full seasons of the show are streaming online. Link

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

Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Liz and Mollie are reading from their book No Hard Feelings and answering questions about emotions at work. Check out this greatSeattle Times interview with Mollie and come join me at the show. I'll be there to cheer them on! Link

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

This week’s list

Gideon Irving is one of my all-time favorite performers. His live shows are like nothing else. Everything about his performances sounds made up. He traveled the world playing concerts exclusively in strangers' living rooms. One tour, he pushed a full show's worth of instruments and set pieces and magic tricks in a modified shopping cart while rollerblading behind it. Right now, he's about to tour the American West on horseback. And he just released a fantastic new music video which, after watching, will blow your mind to learn used no special effects or editing at all. Gideon Irving - Woke Up Looking (Here's the making of video. Don't skip it!) 

Over the past three years working together, Eliza Cossio has become one of my closest friends. She's a deeply kind and wonderful human being. She's also unbelievably hilarious. Eliza has such a strong, unique comedic vision. Her new short film just premiered at the Lower East Side Film Festival and won the Audience Favorite award. It's the story of a woman who asks a witch to help her win her ex-boyfriend back. I guarantee you will not see another short film as funny or beautifully shot as this one. La Bruja 

If you've hung out with me in the last two months, you've almost certainly heard me rave about the show Terrace House. It's a Japanese reality show where a group of six people live in a beautiful house together and try to accomplish life goals (often finding romance). There's not nearly the same kind of forced drama as on American reality TV. In fact, a lot of Terrace House is just people making plans to go out to restaurants together and then debriefing what they talked about during their meal. Then a panel of celebrities comment on what's happening during the show and they're so funny. Also, each season of Terrace House is so long that at a certain point contestants on the show watch themselves onTerrace House and then you're watching them watch themselves. It's wild. Please get hooked and then talk about the show with me. I'm currently watching Terrace House: Opening New Doors (Bonus: still images from Terrace House without any context)

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Have a great weekend,