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National Geographic

Special Event

You're the Expert Live

Photograph by David Andrako

  • October 27, 2017

  • 6 PM - 8 PM
  • $25.00

  • Discounts Available

    Members  $22.50

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Event

What does it take to be a National Geographic Explorer? Join comedians APARNA NANCHERLA, MAEVE HIGGINS, and DC's very own BARATUNDE THURSTON and a surprise guest explorer as they discover the answer for themselves. Host CHRIS DUFFY leads a comedic adventure of science and discovery full of interactive games, sketches, and hilariously misguided guesses to figure out what our explorer does all day.

Chris is a staff writer for National Geographic’s Explorer and the creator and host of You’re the Expert, a live show, podcast, and public radio program on Boston’s WBUR where three comedians try to guess what a scientist studies.

Last spring, marine biologist CLARE FIESELER told comedians APARNA NANCHERLA, MAEVE HIGGINS, and HARI KONDABOLU about why her research matters—but also why it once caused her to run over a set of lawn furniture with her car. This fall, who knows which cutting-edge explorer we’ll meet or what we'll find out.


Photograph by Kevin Albinder

Chris Duffy


The talented and hilarious Chris Duffy is a staff writer for National Geographic’s Explorer and the creator and host of laugh-out-loud funny You’re the Expert, a live show, podcast, and public radio program on Boston’s WBUR. Using comedy to make academic research more approachable, You’re the Expert features three comedians who try to guess what a guest scientist studies. A standup comedian and improviser, Chris has performed at colleges and festivals across the country. He is a former fifth grade teacher and a gifted writer whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Wag's Revue, and Makeshift magazine.

Aparna Nancherla


Aparna Nancherla is a comedian and writer based in New York. She has written for Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell and Late Night With Seth Meyers and has appeared on Conan, Inside Amy Schumer, and Comedy Central—most recently with the premiere of a half hour special. She debuted her first album, Just Putting It Out There, in 2016 on Tig Notaro’s new label, Bentzen Ball Records. You can see Aparna on HBO’s Crashing and the latest seasons of Love and Master of None on Netflix. Her Twitter account (@aparnapkin) has also been noted in various publications, from Time magazine to Rolling Stone.

Photograph courtesy of Aparna Nancherla

Photograph courtesy of Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston


Baratunde Thurston is a futurist comedian, writer, and cultural critic who helped re-launch The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, co-founded comedic digital company Cultivated Wit and the About Race podcast, and wrote the New York Times bestseller How to Be Black. Baratunde is a highly sought-after public speaker, television personality, and thought leader who has been part of noteworthy institutions such as Fast Company, TED, the MIT Media Lab, and The Onion; he also advised the Obama White House. Michigan’s ACLU honored Baratunde “for changing the political and social landscape one laugh at a time,” The Root named him as one of the 100 most influential African Americans, and Fast Company listed him as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. He serves on the board of youth-focused organization BUILD.

Maeve Higgins


Comedian Maeve Higgins is the host of the hit podcast Maeve In America: Immigration IRL. Now based in New York, she has performed all over the world, including in her native Ireland, Edinburgh, Melbourne, and most recently Erbil. She co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk on the National Geographic Channel and has appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and the Irish Times, and she is writing a book of essays to be published by Penguin Books in late 2017. 

Photograph courtesy of Maeve Higgins

Happy Hour 6 PM - 7 PM, Program starts at 7 PM
Happy Hour 6 PM - 7 PM, Program starts at 7 PM

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