Delightful Things Only

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Holiday, 1938, Columbia Pictures

Hi my lovelies,

I hope you’re safe. I hope you’re staying indoors. I hope you and your loved ones are well and healthy.

This is a really, really tough time for everyone. So I wanted to send out this brief note as a plea.

Please be aware of what you share. We’re all sharing things all the time – it’s vital we do, because it connects us. (Though I have switched off all alerts on my phone so I scroll only when I’m in the mood to.)

I’m not talking about spreading misinformation, which I’m sure you’re all careful about anyway.

But please be responsible for the energy you put out at this time. Not everyone wants or needs to know how dire and messed up things are (we know they are already, thanks!). We are trapped at home and pretty helpless. All that negative energy does nothing but promote anxiety. If you do feel the need to share something important, then please flag it with a “tough read” warning.

Also please pause to ask: is this helpful to share right now? Will this provide valuable information that can promote people’s wellbeing at this moment, or is it just doom and gloom?

I’m alone at home in a lockdown. I have a history of depression. I’m a foreigner in a country where I have no vote in how this (or any other) government operates. So, “trapped” is putting it lightly.

Sure, I go over the news and keep up to date, but I try to be hyper careful about what I read, watch and listen to.

For that reason, I wanted to clarify that I’m not going to a dark place on this blog or any other work I put out. I’m focusing on cheerful or inspiring or… well, that’s about it. And if I do share any tough content, I’ll be sure to flag it at the top for the time being.

Delightful content is where it’s at! To that end, I’m sharing some of my favourite funny skits and clips. If you want longer content, please see my last post, Films: More Cheer Me Ups.

Watch

I’m having a James Corden moment. I find him hilarious and reassuring at the same time.

What’s unexpectedly startling is how quickly I’ve adapted to our new norm: watching someone hug or shake hands even in these clips made me flinch and want to say, “oh be careful! Please don’t do that!” Sign of the times indeed.

From the Late Late Show with James Corden, actors acting out their whole film career in these medleys:

Julia Roberts acts out her film career with James Corden.

Matt Damon acts out his film career with James Corden.

Tom Hanks acts out his film career with James Corden.

Tom Cruise acts out his film career with James Corden.

Also from the Late Late Show with James Corden, these fabulous people drive around with Corden and sing songs.

Michelle Obama does carpool karaoke with James Corden.

Paul McCartney does carpool karaoke with James Corden.

Adele does carpool karaoke with James Corden (this has had 214.5 million views!)

Here are some other clips off the internet that still make me giggle:

Sarah Silverman tells her then-boyfriend, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, a secret she’s been keeping from him. (It’s in a context of a longer Kimmel joke, which is not necessary to know before enjoying this.) Though it’s bleeped, it’s not for kids.

The Great British Food Fight Trailer. I saw this on TV at the time it came out years ago, and it still makes me giggle. You don’t need to be super familiar with the chefs (Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Gordon Ramsey and Heston Blumenthal) to appreciate the humour in this short promo.

David Walliams’ Exes for Comic Relief. This one is very rude, so definitely not for kids, and it may not resonate as much with people outside the UK, but if you like British humour, you’ll appreciate this.

Amy Schumer meets Tina Fey, Julia Louise-Dreyfus and Patricia Arquette in this skit titled Last F**kable Day from Inside Amy Schumer. This one’s unbleeped, so not for kids.

Listen

From New York Times’ The Daily podcast: Special Episode: This Tom Hanks Story Will Make You Feel Less Bad. This lovely interview of Hanks captures his sincere spirit without saccharine.

From 99% Invisible podcast: This is Chance! Redux. A re-issue of a moving story of a newsreader who kept a town united during a horrific earthquake in Alaska.

From Radiolab podcast: Dr Sacks Looks Back. This is one of his last interviews Dr Oliver Sacks did before he died, following his diagnosis with cancer. He’s philosophical and erudite as he looks back on his life, including coming out to his parents.

I hope you enjoy them!

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2 thoughts on “Delightful Things Only

  1. Thank you for this! Much needed ‘intervention’ from the oversharing of depressing/alarming/misleading info all around.

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