3 Things: Emma Hunsinger, Michelle Buteau, and Ana Fabrega / by Chris Duffy

I'm feeling very nostalgic this month. I had my college reunion, I wrapped writing forProblem Areas, and Mollie and I are getting ready to move out to LA at the end of the summer. Time keeps on slipping into the future.

Comedy and writing sometimes look solitary from the outside, but they're actually only possible with friends to bounce ideas off of and folks who believe in you (and want to read your emails / see your shows). Thinking about the past few years has made me even more grateful for the creative and supportive communities I'm a part of.  So thank you for being a part of mine (whether I've met you in person or not). And if you identify as LGBTQIA+, happy Pride Month! 

Upcoming Shows

Last night's series finale of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas looked at segregation and how we might finally achieve the goal of integrated schools. Both full seasons of the show are now streaming on HBO. 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

TONIGHT! Saturday, June 8 at 9:30 p.m. at The Brick. I'm back for another month of Monster Mash, Carley Moseley's super fun show of snacks from a guest chef and improv from NYC's best comedy writers. Link

Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at The American Museum of Natural History. I'm part of a night of dinosaur-themed comedy at the museum. I was born to be on this show. 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

Emma Hunsinger's cartoons almost always have an unexpected twist. Her flow chart for whether or not you can wear a t-shirt to the office becomes a quiz about whether you're really over your ex. A nuclear family is actually a corporation focusing on branding and development. Or in her new, beautiful piece, the quest to draw a perfect horse is actually about processing her feelings for another girl in her class. How to Draw a Horse

Netflix's Always Be My Maybe is a classic and hilarious romantic comedy. For whatever reason, it's a genre that's not being made a lot these days, which makes this movie feel even more special. If you need a break and to laugh, let Randall Park and Ali Wong take over. To me, the funniest performance in the movie was by Michelle Buteau. Michelle has been one of my favorite standup comedians since the first time I saw her perform, so it's very fun to watch her crush in a movie now too. She's one of those people where I think it's just impossible for her not to be hilarious? See for yourself. Always Be My Maybe

Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres have a new show premiering on HBO next Friday called Los Espookys. It's about "a group of friends turning their love for horror into a peculiar business." Ana stars as Tati, "Los Espookys' test dummy [who is] constantly juggling several odd jobs, such as breaking in other people's shoes and testing child safety locks." Julio plays Andres, the "dark and mysterious heir to a chocolate empire. His only true nemesis is his gorgeous boyfriend." I've never read a description that made me want to watch a new show more. If you don't know Ana already, I strongly recommend followingher on Instagram and watching some of her comedy shorts (like this or this). She makes me laugh so much and I can't wait to see what she makes with a full budget. It's going to be amazing. Los Espookys Season 1 Trailer

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Have a great Saturday,