The only - and I'm saying the ONLY - good thing about Presidential campaign season is the hilariously accurate skits performed on Saturday Night Live. This year is no exception. We haven't even made it through Primary season and we already have a treasure trove of WTF skits to choose from. At least we can laugh while we're crying.
Today we suffered the huge loss of a music icon. Here are four videos that show the essence of the magic that was Prince.
This concert was recorded nearly 35 years ago and Prince was just as cool in 2016 as he was back then. This is one of my favorite songs.
Prince notoriously had all his videos removed from YouTube. Here's a grainy one I found. This song and video is the epitome of his stuff from the early 90s.
A performance during the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony to honor George Harrison. Prince has a guitar solo starting around 3:20 that is crazy!
From the 2007 Superbowl Halftime show. Prince performed several songs in the pouring rain. He looks and sounds as great as back in the '80s.
I came across this little guy while searching for leadership videos at my day job.
He's Kid President. Kid President posts videos on YouTube. Videos about love and empowerment and empathy and happiness. Videos that will make you happy. But we'll get to that.
KP's real name is Robby Novak and he is 11 years old. Robby and his (much older) brother-in-law, Brad Montague, came up with the idea for Kid President simply because they thought it would be cool to speak to and listen to kids more. To help shape the way kids see the world and the way the world sees kids. (Read more about how Kid President got started here.)
Robby is the adopted son of David and Laurie Novak. Don't know David Novak? He was the Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with over 41,000 restaurants across the world (think Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC). David is also the author of the best-selling leadership guide "Taking People with You." So, not a bad role model to have. David and Laurie adopted Robby and his sister Lexi in 2006. (Read more about their journey from fostering to adoption here.)
To complicate things even further, Robby also suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a disease that makes his bones brittle. According to CBS News, he has had more than 70 broken bones and 13 surgeries. He has steel rods in both legs.
So I'm sure you must be thinking at this point: what do you want with this little kid, you pervert?!
Well, I’ll tell you:
Kid President is a fearless, positive and outspoken character who teaches us about kindness, humility, leadership and responsibility -- all from the lens of an 11 year old boy.
He has a positive attitude even though he is afflicted with a painful and debilitating disease.
Oh and he's adorable.
Robby and Brad post these videos to help kids (and some adults too – present company included) see what power they have to affect their - and other people’s - lives.
The other thing that’s fabulous about KP? He has a reverence toward women that I think all kids (and adults) could learn from. It may be contrived, but it doesn’t come off as patronizing. It comes off as a boy recognizing that girls rock. Do we really need to have a boy tell us that girls rock? Well, no, but it doesn't hurt.
His message is simple: we are all in this together. We need to encourage and support one another. We need to empower boys and girls. We need to be thankful for what we have and appreciate the little things. We're all on the same team.
And of course, a little dancing here and there can’t hurt either.
As Kid President says:
"Love changes everything. So fill the world with it."
I've decided and I'm going to declare it now: Adele is the best female singer we've seen in decades. That's right - drop the mic - I said it. She's the shit. Her voice is fucking amazing...and even more amazing when she's just singing alone a cappella with no back up or fancy production.
She's also private, strong, ballsy and foul-mouthed. How is this girl only 27??
These videos will make you go mad for her too.
First one is a 3 song NPR appearance with just a keyboard and a guitar and her lovely voice. Holy shit.
This next one is a cover of The Steel Drivers "If It Hadn't Been for Love." (The Steel Drivers were formerly led by now-acclaimed country music star Chris Stapleton.) Love her commentary and giggling on this one.
This one is Adele's newest track "Hello" and the video that goes with it.
And last but not least, this is Adele at Royal Albert Hall in London talking about (and singing) what "Someone Like You" means to her. Goosebumps, seriously.
Need more? Click here for Rolling Stone's recent interview with Adele where she claims that she still sees herself as "some random girl from London." that she's a feminist and that she's bossy. Read it; it will make you smile.
Couldn't resist adding one more.
This might be one of THE best SNL political skits of all time.
Hilary Clinton made a cameo appearance on last night's season premiere of NBC's Saturday Night Live playing a bartender ("Val") to Kate McKinnon's Hilary.
In the sketch, McKinnon's Clinton is blowing off some steam after a "hard couple of 22 years" and "Val" provides some supportive bartender counsel (and cheap vodka).
To top it all off, not only did "Val" (aka the real Hilary), give a hysterical mini impression of Donald Trump, but former SNL cast member Darrell Hammond made a cameo as Bill Clinton, exclaiming "My god! They're multiplying!"
Talk about making yourself more relatable. Bravo!
Our girl Amy Schumer does it again. She won an Emmy last Sunday for her sketch series, Inside Amy Schumer. Watch her adorable acceptance speech:
But apparently the best stuff came after this, in Amy's backstage interview. Here are the highlights:
And to cap it off, an Instagram from Amy about her friend Jennifer Lawrence:
Rock on Amy!
Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler reunited this week on Late Night to react to the Twitter posts from Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit about women's sports not being "worth watching:"
P.S. Amy's rockin' the dark hair!
Need to know more about Amy Schumer? You came to the right place.
How do these kids have this much talent so young? I can't even do the Electric Slide! I would give anything to be able to dance like any of these kids just for one day.
12 year old "Lucky Aces" on The Ellen Show:
8 year old Aidan Prince Xiong:
11 year old Taylor Hatala and 14 year old Larsen Thompson:
And here's Taylor Hatala again on The Ellen Show
My favorite lady.
These have to be some of the best things ever.
When Saturday Night Live is good, it's oh, so good. When it's bad, well, let's not worry about that right now.
Here's a few of my fave skits/videos from SNL over the years. I'll keep adding/updating this, so check back whenever you need a laugh.
Like a Boss, ft Seth Rogen: My all time fave. I watch it when I need to get pumped up to boss folks around. #kiddingnotkidding
The Rock Obama, ft Dwayne Johnson: This one was the cold open just a couple weeks ago. The real Obama should take some notes.
We Did Stop, ft Miley Cyrus: No explanation needed. Genius.
El Nino, ft Chris Farley: This is just a short clip but it's fantastic.
D*ck in a Box, ft Justin Timberlake and Jizz in my Pants: The Lonely Island classics.
Lunch Lady Land, ft Adam Sandler and Chris Farley: "Sloppy Joe, Sloppy-sloppy Joe..."
Sarah Palin/Hilary Clinton Address the Nation. The impressions that rocked everyone's worlds.
Boy Dance Party, ft Bruce Willis: Missed this one did ya? You're welcome.
Bad Idea Jeans: Another classic
The Continental, ft Christopher Walken: One of my favorite skits from the 80s.
Annuale: This could happen.
Amy Poehler ft Sarah Palin Rap: Amy rocks this. And she's pregnant!
Lincoln Returns ft Louis CK: So, so good.
Say What You Wanna Say ft Dakota Johnson: Another new one.
I don't watch a lot of late night TV and apparently I've been missing out on some good stuff.
I highly recommend you follow Conan O'Brien's YouTube station. Immediately. Or whenever you're having a shitty day and need a laugh.
Here are some of my favorites: