3 Things: Mike Ward, Chop & Steele, and Eden by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with friends. If you're checking this out for the first time, you can see the archive and sign up to get these emails here.

 Upcoming shows

EVERYWHERE:
There's a new episode of The Payoff online now all about student loans. Antonia and I interview Undersecretary Ted Mitchell, who ran the entire federal loan program from 2014 to 2017, share our own stories, and learn about the best way to tackle our debt. Link

A new episode of Explorer airs Monday at 10 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. We take a look at El Salvador's strict reproductive laws, talk with Scott Pelley about journalism, and have Dave Coulier from Full House investigate the return of the mullet. Watch a preview here: Link
 
You can listen to episodes of You're the Expert here:  Link

WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. at National Geographic. You're the Expert takes over NatGeo's Grosvenor Auditorium with Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, and an amazing scientist. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:


This is a classic comedy bit that I keep coming back to year after year. It never stops being funny. Only five lines and barely any words, but I believe Mike Ward has truly created a masterpiece. E-Mail Addresses It Would Be Really Annoying To Give Out Over The Phone
 

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:


Local morning shows have a tough job: lots of airtime to fill and not a lot of time to prep. As a result, sometimes they don't really have time to vet their guests before they're on air. That can lead to magical results, like professional strongmen Chop and Steele. The duo sent out a "press release" and successfully appeared on three morning shows across the country. You have to watch the incredible television that resulted. Fake Strongmen Prank Morning News Shows

(Chop and Steele are actually Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, the hosts of the Found Footage Festival, which is so much fun and hilarious. These guys are great.)


1 Interesting Thing:

A reality show where the contestants are totally cut off from the outside world and try to rebuild civilization from scratch. It's an interesting idea, but honestly, not the most original. But the story of Eden, which just finished taping in the Scottish Highlands this week is more bizarre than anyone could have imagined. The first few episodes aired and got bad ratings, so the network canceled the show. But no one told the contestants. So they've just been living in the wilderness for months. They're about to walk out of the woods to find out about Brexit, Trump, and the fact that they were barely even on television. It might not be a TV show, but it's definitely a great premise for a movie. TV Show Contestants Spend Year in the Wildnerness – With No One Watching


Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend,
Chris

3 Things: Somniloquist, Liam Neeson, and Sarina Roma by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with friends. If you're checking this out for the first time, you can see the archive and sign up to get these emails here.

 Upcoming shows

EVERYWHERE:
There's a new episode of You're the Expert online today. It features a chemist who invents new colors that scientists use to help develop cures. Listen here:  Link

The Payoff is still up and running too. Each week, Antonia and I learn how to be a little less terrified of dealing with money: Link

BANGOR, ME:
TODAY, March 18th at 7:30 p.m. You're the Expert headlines the Maine Science Festival with panelists Roy Wood, Jr., Michelle Buteau, and Charlie Hankin.  Link

ATLANTA, GA:
Tuesday, March 21th at 7:30 p.m. at 7 Stages. You're the Expert returns to the Atlanta Science Festival with Josh Sharp, Shalewa Sharpe, and Chuck Bryant (from Stuff You Should Know). Link

WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. at National Geographic. We're taking over NatGeo's Grosvenor Auditorium for a very special live You're the Expert. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:


Adam Rosenberg talks in his sleep. For years, other people have told him about it. But he decided to mount an audio recorder over his bed and hear for himself. The result is this hilarious and bizarre video where Adam animates the real sound bytes he captured of his subconscious. The Somniloquist
 

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:


What is your all-time favorite comedy sketch? I was debating with some friends and when it comes to the sketch that has consistently made me laugh the most, it's this one. Liam Neeson trying to do improv with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant is so simple and so funny. I don't think this will ever stop making me laugh. Liam Neeson Does Improv


1 Interesting Thing:

Sarina Roma is a documentary producer with a new series on Netflix called Abstract: The Art of Design. The show is fascinating and addictive. It covers everything from Christoph Niemann's illustrations to cars to stage design. Each episode is beautifully shot and it's one of those shows where after watching it, you notice all sorts of new details in the world around you. As they say in the series "From architecture to photography to typography, their art shapes our lives." Abstract: The Art of Design


Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend,
Chris

3 Things: Maria Bamford, Anthony DeVito, and Canada by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with friends. If you're checking this out for the first time, you can see the archive and sign up to get these emails here.

 Upcoming shows

EVERYWHERE:
There's a new episode of You're the Expert online now. If you've ever wondered about the romantic life of penguins, you're about to learn more than you ever thought was possible. Listen here:  Link

New episode of The Payoff is up now too. Antonia and I get a lesson on sticking to a budget and how to make slightly less terrible decisions around money: Link

NYC:
Sunday, March 12th at 6:00 p.m. at The PIT Loft. I'm telling stories at the Katie Fisher Day show. Cookies, jokes, and lots of wonderful people. Link 

BANGOR, ME:
Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m. You're the Expert headlines the Maine Science Festival with panelists Roy Wood, Jr., Michelle Buteau, and more.  Link

ATLANTA, GA:
Tuesday, March 21th at 7:30 p.m. at 7 Stages. You're the Expert returns to the Atlanta Science Festival with Josh Sharp, Shalewa Sharpe, and Chuck Bryant (from Stuff You Should Know). Link

WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. at National Geographic. We're taking over NatGeo's Grosvenor Auditorium for a very special live You're the Expert. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 

 This week's list
1 Thing I Think Is Great:


Maria Bamford is one of my all-time favorite comedians. For years, she's been writing and performing some of the most inventive and hilarious jokes around. This bit, where she tries to connect with the audience by leaving her personal material behind and trying to do some "more relatable" jokes, is amazing. Maria Bamford: What People Want (h/t Josh Gondelman)
 

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:


Anthony DeVito made his network television debut last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Whenever I have the good fortune to be on a show with Anthony, I love watching audience members experience him for the first time. He's also an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent guy, as you may know if you heard his story on This American Life about watching his 90-year-old grandmother fall in love. He talks about her in his standup set too. He's just great. Anthony DeVito


1 Interesting Thing:

"Roxham Road is a quiet contry road jutting off another quiet country road, where a couple of horses munch on soggy hay and a ditch running along the muddy pavement flows with melted snow. It cuts through a thicket of dormant trees, passing a half-dozen trailer homes and after almost a mile runs into a line of boulders and a rusted railing with a sign: Road Closed." The stories of people fleeing the US for Canada are tragic and eye-opening. We hear a lot about people trying to get in, but far less about people trying to get out. Since Trump, Quiet Upstate Road Becomes a Busy Exit from U.S.  and The Underground Railroad for Refugees


Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend,
Chris