3 Things: Bowen Yang, Farrah Brook, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge / 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. This weekend, my parents are here visiting. That means I spent an hour yesterday googling celebrity real estate listings so my mom could go on a DIY Homes of the Stars tour. It also means we're potentially doing a shopping trip to REI and Costco, despite the fact that it's a three-day visit. But I love getting to see my parents so excited about fancy coffee shops and nice trees. It's good to be around people who have known me for literally my entire life. And I'll keep you updated on whether or not my mom becomes friends with Alicia Keys today.

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

Pop-Up Magazine's Escape Issue starts next Friday. "A night of live storytelling, music, art, and performance devoted to escapes big and small, daring and mundane, physical and mental."

SOLD OUT San Francisco: Friday, September 20th at the Sydney Goldstein Theater
Oakland: Saturday, September 21st at the Paramount Theatre
San Diego: Monday, September 23rd at Observatory North Park
Los Angeles: Thursday, September 26th at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel
Vancouver: Saturday, September 28th at the Vogue Theatre
Washington, DC: Monday, October 7th at the Lincoln Theatre
New York: Thursday, October 10th at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall
Chicago: Saturday, October 12th at the Athenaeum Theatre

Tickets for all shows on sale here

This week’s list

Saturday Night Live just announced that writer Bowen Yang is going to be joining the cast for this upcoming season. That's amazing news for all of us. Bowen is brilliant and one of the nicest people in comedy. I can't wait to see what he does on the show. He's also got tons going on outside of SNL. He's going to be in the new Awkwafina TV show, Nora from Queens. If you haven't heard his podcast, Las Culturistas, you're missing out. And you've probably seen him on Shrill or Broad City. Bowen will be the first East Asian cast member in SNL's history. And the NYT wrote about how he's part of a wave of comics redefining Asian-American masculinity.

It's so important to make sure you struggle before you become successful. Otherwise, how will you stay relatable? That's what I learned from Farrah Brook this week. She's such a funny standup comedian and writer. She's also somehow turned an online joke about hoping Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has a good day into actually being friends with the guy. Or at least online friends. He tweeted about her McSweeney's piece too. Read it for yourself. Why I'm Holding Off On Success to Live a Life of Varied Experiences

I binge-watched both seasons of Fleabag this past week and I was blown away. It's a masterpiece. Funny, moving, completely original, and certainly the best guinea pig content I've seen on TV. So now I've watching everything I can with Phoebe Waller-Bridge. This interview with Seth Meyers was one of my favorites. Phoebe Waller-Bridge Loves Shocking the Fleabag Audience

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Have a great day,