From ‘Great British Baking Show’ to TikTok, The Daily Beast Employees’ Favorite Pop Culture Comfort Food

In honor of Thanksgiving, I asked my esteemed colleagues at The Daily Beast to let me know what they’re thankful for in pop culture this year. Friends from all over the Beast joined in — the arts department, social groups, political and media reporters, etc. — and, as you’ll see, enthusiastically. For them, I am grateful.

Cecily Strong, Queen of Everything

It felt like a special gift to me, specifically when Apple TV+ got together during a pandemic to shoot an entire episode of a TV show that took place almost entirely in a world. magic, where everyone thought they were in a Hollywood musical Golden Age. How is this a show, for any reason other than completely amusing me? Schmigadoon! let Cecily Strong show her talent with a splendor we’ve never seen before SNL… But again, she had one of the best years SNL in recent memory. Her two strongest moments — singing “My Way” as Jeanine Pirro while soaking in a tub of red wine, and discussing her own abortion while Dress up like a clown—As the greatest characters of all time, it’s amazing when you consider that she can do the best character sketching of anyone on the cast. A genius.

Kevin Fallon

NS Great British Baking ShowThe most beautiful season of the year

The haters will surely accuse me of recent counter bias, but this season of Great British Baking Show showed such a dazzling array of baking talent that I almost forgot how awful Matt Lucas was on the show (seriously, the producers: invited another woman here for love love with macaroons). The penultimate episode of Season 11, “Cake Week,” features more handshakes than we’ve ever seen — prompting Prue to call it the best challenge in the show’s history — and more suspenseful than a documentary about Netflix’s true crime (follow happily Jürgen Krauss, everyone’s favorite Disney grandpa and probably the most skilled baker of the bunch).

We currently have three bakers: Chigs Parmar, doppelganger Robert De Niro, who is slowly gaining strength and has accused has been baked for less than a year; Giuseppe Dell’Anno, a proud “Britalian” whose leaning tower performer is a sight to behold; and Crystelle Pereira, a flavor queen and most likely the love of my life. I was not excited like this for a GBBS finale for many years. But please, no more Matt Lucas.

Marlow Stern

Emotionally destroyed by CODA

So I spend almost all of my professional time watching, covering, thinking about comedy — and interviews with comedians. But I also don’t hide the secret love movies that make me cry. And there’s no movie that made me cry this year quite like this CODA. Now I’ve watched Sundance hit twice on Apple TV+, and both times, the two ending accompaniments completely captivated me. Here’s to hoping the Oscars make room among the 10 Best Picture nominations for this sweet, funny, heart-breaking gem.

Matt Wilstein

The Crown Jewel of Bachelorette Seasons

Michelle Young’s season of Bachelorette has been a lifesaver for my blood pressure — a warm blanket of roses on a chilly night. It’s rare for bachelorettes (ettes) to really know what they want and how to say it, so Bachelor Nation really should be grateful.

Laura Bradley

Take the bare minimum with Hilary Duff

All I care about is Hilary Duff Challenge on TikTok — you know, the show where people have re-enacted her half-butt dance from the 2007 “With Love” days. Her minimalism is one of the best expressions. shows that we are all trying our best, somehow still standing while the world is falling apart. Anyone can try the moves with the slightest bit of effort (the less you put in, the better), making it the perfect Thanksgiving family bonding activity.

Alaina Demopoulos

The boundary-pushing comforts of a lifetime movie network

Lifetime Movie Network, because it is A) a platform with content about passionate but also violent cheerleaders and/or suburban sex trafficking; B) a gamut of vigilance, morale stories from “this Indianapolis swing club in a suburban village will probably get you and your boring husband murdered, ” all the way to” au couple 1000% will cut your brakes, drug your husband and wife, and kidnap your kids, so don’t rent the au couple ; C) the house that Vivica A. Fox built build; D) a channel whose guiding principles are clearly a set of racist, economic, and police skeptic politics opposed to Fox Business Network.

Asawin Suebsaeng

The Return of Taylor Swift… And the 2000s?!

“All Too Well” (Taylor’s Version) (10 Minute Version) (something else in parentheses) plus her album re-release Red brought back all of my 19 year old hurts and I loved every second of it. I also had an ecstatic moment where once, I felt vindicated as a 30-year-old “Swiftie” because of her lyrics: “You kept me like a secret, but I didn’t. keep you like an oath.” Come on! For the first time, people can see “Shake it Off” and “ME!” pop red herrings and credit my girl TS to the talented musician she’s always attached to. Signed, please rate me I dare you.

Free Britney Spears. Lindsay Lohan is acting again. Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Kim Kardashian are a team at Paris ‘November 2021 wedding. And Lizzo wore one wear jeans on Instagram. The 2000s are back, baby, and I’m here for it.

Mandy Velez

The Kristen Stewart Awards Begins We All Wanted

Four words: Kristen Stewart season awards. Finally, one of the most entertaining and engaging performers of the past two decades has brought her moment to the fore. Yes, she sparkles in sunset (pun intended), but not quite like this. For those of us who have seen her shine in movies like Personal shopping and The Clouds of Sils Maria, this award is getting the attention she is receiving for her beautiful and tragic appearance Spencer long overdue. The world is finally seeing K. Stew because she’s a great performer — and it’s time. Plus, there are plenty of stunning photo sessions and in-depth profiles on K. Stew, including a our own one-word epic from Marlow Stern, just icing on the cake.

Shannon O’Connor

The perfect musical catharsis by Jeff Labes

Original and scathing folk song by Jeff Labes, “Jeff found a genie in a bottle” should be the only song on my Spotify Wrap this year because after stumbling across his TikTok a few months ago, I couldn’t get this upbeat but hard of hearing tune out of my head (or out of the speakers). mine)! I even go so far as to compose songs (before the lyrics are uploaded to sites like Genius) so that I can sing myself throughout the day. Jeff’s song and captivating communication is the perfect satire and melodiousness I need in the more uncomfortable moments of the hell we all live in right now.

Elizabeth Brockway

Weekend spent with Detective

I am a print media enthusiast. I buy newspapers in every city I travel to. My first stop on arrival in London was to the newsstand at WHSmith in Heathrow, where I would devour Sun (I used to work there from 2005-2009), Telegraph, Daily Mail, Times of London, Mirror, Guardian, Express, Financial Times, until my hand bleeds from newsprint. My three guilty pleasures that got me through 2021 are versions of Detective, a UK satire and news magazine that I have subscribed to for the past decade and is the best of old Gawker, Vanity Fair and Spy magazine rolled into one with New York magazine and weekend edition of Financial Times. I love Detective because it helps remove mickey from sassy politicians, half-baked media, and hardcore billionaires. It will call anyone because cakes are more puffy than cakes.

The magazine comes across the pond about a week or so after appearing in London newsstands, and on weekends I take it and the NY mag with FT to my favorite watering hole in NYC and gobble it up. them in a pint. All three publications never fail to provide me with moments of enjoyment, brevity, and much-needed inspiration, but newsprint after a decent reading session sticks to the walls of my apartment and takes a long time. time to wipe clean!

Lachlan Cartwright

Cilla Black Sings the Surprise Surprise Theme

In the 1980s in England, Cilla Black had two hit TV series: Dating Anonymous and Surprise Surprise. The latter stands out as its climax is a massive reunion of long-lost loved ones (in the heavier research days, remember, before the internet). Cilla rarely sings the show’s theme throughout, which makes this record a delight for Cilla fans. Listen That voice and those lyrics. Totally silly, completely sincere.

Tim Teeman

Prank Golden girls and Sex and the city (Repeat)

Evergreen comfort food alert! Thank god Golden girls and Sex and the city repeat. How else could any other day in our ongoing hellscape end with sleep without either of those things?

Tim Teeman

Enjoy watching Phyllis on Youth and restlessness

Phyllis (the wonderful Michelle Stafford) was at one point the villain and victim on the popular daytime show. But she’s usually the one with the voice, the cynical and the outgoing and has the reality we’re watching at home, and so it’s a daily consolation that I usually say ‘thank you’ when she says . Armed with a bucket of cold water with her words (or even ice sometimes), she Y&Rcharacter at its best, and was only saved from the screenwriter’s poor handling of her by Stafford’s fierce commitment — and also Gina Tognoni’s when she took on the role. I just wish that Phyllis was allowed to say out loud, over and over, that she was raped by a husband impersonator on the orders of Newman patriarch Victor Newman. This is why she hates Newmans. We know this as fans, and it’s ridiculous and insulting to have ex Nick or anyone else, query this deeply enmity. Let Phyllis say this! It was a great moment on the show for her, and it’s not reference enough.

Tim Teeman

Strangely handsome local TV presenter

You would think they were sarcastic enough, Anchorman-style, out of exists. But no, they still provide comfort and sparkle every day, and tell us horror stories of “if it bleeds, it will lead” their news and weather stories. us early in the morning and very late at night – all with smiles and shiny white teeth. You will have your favorites wherever you live. In New York City, we’re spoiled with a host of salt-and-pepper dads and handsome boys, including the likes of Michael Gargiulo, Maurice DuBois, Raphael Miranda, Michael Herzenberg, Dean Meminger, Adam Kuperstein, Erick Adame, Ken Rosato, Lewis Dodley, Sam Champion, David Ushery, Bill Ritter, Chris Wragge and Anthony Pascale. And indeed, the list could go on.

Tim Teeman From ‘Great British Baking Show’ to TikTok, The Daily Beast Employees’ Favorite Pop Culture Comfort Food


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