The Chair At Home

The Chair remains cushioned this week — safe, warm, in a heap of blankets with nothing but a remote, a laptop, an iPhone, an iPad, and Netflix to keep him company (oh and the good doctor too!). In between episodes of HGTV’s Celebrity IOU (if you don’t know, get thee to a couch now), the Chair snuck in a viewing of this week’s SNL… and this pretty much sums it up…

Who knew how important the laughs would be? The nervous giggles over a twisted joke? The awkward chortle when a cast member is trying wayyy too hard? the LOL moment when Kate McKinnon gives us her crazy eyed glare? Let’s all remember this when some pop culture prognosticator declares that live in-studio television is “dead.” #longlivethecannedlaughs

Either way, the show had some highlights which will help get us through the week (who are we kidding? The Chair will just rewatch Kids Baking Championship from 2017 if he’s in a pinch):

Bathed in a the red glow of her grotto fire pit, Miss Miley did us proud with her cover of Pink Floyd. (Now added to the Chair’s list of “sentences we never thought would appear on the blog”).

And kudos to Dr. Anthony Fauci who got his wish to have Brad Pitt impersonate him (we’re guessing that wish is third to, you know, a vaccine and retirement). Also, snaps to Mr. Pitt for having a stellar background (#ZoomEnvy).

And in yet another Pete Davidson made-in-his-basement music video (how many hoodies does this guy have?), we were treated to some old-fashioned Adam Sandler, a schtick that seemed to have gotten old only to be revived by his heartfelt hosting gig last season (which was a year ago, which converted to quarantine time is roughly a decade ago). Here’s the video if you’re so inclined, but we’re more interested in how adorable Sandler’s wife is.

Almost too cute to function

Till next week, Chair fans. Leaving you with some wise words from Ms. Gaga.

Dazed Days

You know that feeling when you’re just… well… tired/exhausted/drained/over it/curled up in a ball/really over it? Well those feelings hit the Chair hard this week. Rest assured the Chair is sitting comfortably because, well, he’s the Chair after all. As we all take it one day at a time (while watching the fabulous new episodes of One Day At A Time, #suckitNetflix), here are some pop culture hits from the past week that can elevate whatever your mood is at the moment.

Feeling angry? Want to feel validated? Meet Angry Grandma. Viewed over 1 million times, this twitter post from actress Dana Berger (of Orange is the New Black fame) will almost make you long for a good ol’ fashioned rant from a family member — especially if it’s a rant you agree with!

Need a little boost? Not sure anything can bring you up? Try hard not to crack a smile during this utterly charming, unsurprisingly terrific rendition of “Smile” by our beloved Lady Gaga.  She literally took a sad song and made it better. #TrustinGaga

Feel like tears are trapped in your face, desperate for some relief? Probably best to let the flood gates open with something heartwarming instead of your preferred cable news network/daily dose of reality. Look no further than cast of Schitt’s Creek, as they read a heartfelt letter of gratitude from over 1,800 moms of LGBT kids. Keep the kleenex nearby for this one:

And when in doubt, you can always rely on the seemingly everlasting artistry of the Rolling Stones. Bet they never thought they’d play a successful zoom concert in their 70s, but, here we are:

The Chair will be back next week with more content and less exhaustion (LOL, not really) — and probably some judgement regarding the quality of talking heads Zoom/Skype/FaceTime backgrounds (and yes, there’s already a twitter account for that). And maybe, if we’re lucky Patti Lupone will take us for another tour of her basement by then.