3 Things: John Waters, Megan Amram, and Jill Lepore / by Chris Duffy


Happy Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my show dates and recommendations of things I think you might enjoy. I'm writing this week's email on the train back from a show in D.C. Taking the train never stops feeling luxurious to me. It feels like having made it.

I remember several years ago, when I was just starting in comedy, I was regularly traveling back and forth between NYC and Boston. But the only ticket I could afford was the BoltBus, which pretty regularly broke down or showed up an hour late with no explanation. I rode it so much that I earned multiple free rides in their frequent rider program. One time, I got a personal email from someone at BoltBus corporate asking my opinion about a possible new pickup location. Realizing I was in the top 1% of BoltBus riders was one of the darkest days of my life. 

Upcoming shows

Both full seasons of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas are streaming online and on HBO Go. 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, July 27 at 10:00 p.m. at Union Hall. Dillon Stevenson and Mike Brown host Super Video Bros, where comedians (including me) break down classic music videos. Link

July 29-31 at The Wild Project. I'll be acting on Monday and a short play I wrote is being staged on Wednesday at the Cherry Picking festival for new work. SOLD OUT

You can find ticket links for all upcoming shows as soon as they are announced online at my website here.

This week’s list

John Waters is an iconic filmmaker. He's made hilarious, transgressive, unique work for his entire career. At 70, his imagination is still going full speed. The always great Maris Kreizman interviewed him and I could not agree more with his political views on books in the bathroom. John Waters on Taking LSD at 70, Clarence Thomas, and Reading Bad Reviews

Megan Amram has written for awards shows, critically-acclaimed comedies, and hit network shows like The Good Place and Parks and Rec. But that's not enough for her. She needs more. Specifically, she needs an Emmy. Her hilarious quest to game the Emmy rules and hit the bare minimum requirements for a "digital series" paid off this week in a nomination. Personally, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that she wins. No one wants it more. An Emmy for Megan

Every once in a while, I read a piece and it gets stuck in my head for weeks. The ideas, the emotions, the writing, I just find it rattling around in my brain at odd moments. Jill Lepore's essay has been like that. It's so beautiful and intimate. "My best friend left her laptop to me in her will. Twenty years later, I turned it on and began my inquest." The Lingering of Loss

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