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Water cooler: Catch up on Saturday Night Live, even in a van down by the river

Will Ferrell arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Will Ferrell arrives at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
From staff reports

Saturday Night Live made its reputation by creating sketches on the pulse of contemporary pop culture and current events, making it a unique time capsule of American comedy. So if coronavirus has you nostalgic for those simpler, glory days of the past, look no further than this list of 30 SNL laughs from yesteryear all available now on Youtube. Revisit signature lines like, “Don’t make me dance,” “That’s why my friends call me ‘whiskers,’” “Stuart, why are you home so early?” and “LAY OFF ME, I’M STARVING.”

Lawrence Welk – Introducing The Maharelle Sisters: “And I’m Dooneese”

Jeffrey’s with Sean Hayes

Gap Girls at the Foodcourt

Herb Welch – Falling Ice

The Californians – Stuart Has Cancer (Dress Rehearsal)

Harry Potter – Hermoine Growth Spurt

NPR’s Delicious Dish – Schweddy Balls

Inside the Actor’s Studio with Drew Barrymore

Weekend Update – Stefon on Summer’s Hottest Tips: “New York’s hottest new club is …”

Cut For Time – Guss Chiggins, Old Prospector

Weekend Update – Adam Sandler on Hanukkah

Sue – Christmas Surprise

Target Lady – Classic Peg

Long Island Medium

Kissing Family – Brecken Brings His Boyfriend Home

National Anthem

Zagat’s with Hank & Beverly Gelfand- Anniversary

Oprah’s Favorite Things – Birthday Edition

Space, The Infinite Frontier – Dr. Kent Wahler: “Hey! Would you eat the moon if it were made of ribs?”

Singing Sisters (Amy Adams)

Inside Barbie’s Dreamhouse – Skipper

Dysfunctional Family Dinner

Cut For Time – Alan (Bill Hader)

More Cowbell

Chippendales Audition: “I wish I could just flip a coin and be done with it … but we can’t. We’re Chippendales.”

Matt Foley – Van Down By The River

Celebrity Jeopardy! – Sean Connery, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Lewis

Vincent Price’s Thanksgiving Special

Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood – Nutrition

1920s Party

Social circle

Brain train

Test your knowledge with today’s trivia question.

Which comedian said, “There’s no such thing as soy milk. It’s just soy juice?”

Chris Rock

Whitney Cummings

Daniel Tosh

Lewis Black

Thursday’s answer: Michelangelo

Sofa to swole

At-home workouts you can do with little-to-no equipment

    Step-ups: Struggling to get your legs going after sitting at your makeshift workspace all day? A few sets of stepups are exactly what you need to get the blood pumping.

Find a flat, solid surface at a comfortable height and alternate which leg you step up with. For an added challenge, raise your other leg after stepping up and bring that knee as high as you can. Step back down with your off-foot first and repeat for as long as you can.

    Pushups: A grade-school throwback that uses nothing but your bodyweight.

The workout has become a popular Instagram challenge over the last week, but can be done even if you’re not called out by friends.

There are many variations online, but most will target the chest, shoulders, triceps and abs.

    Frozen V-sit: Speaking of abs, expect your core to be burning after a few of these.

Laying flat on the floor with your legs straight and arms above your head, slowly bring your hands to your toes while squeezing your stomach. Hold for up to 10 seconds for maximum impact.

    Flour-sack squats: Have a sack of flour or rice hanging around the house? Before baking up some cookies, use the weight for a workout.

Hold whatever weighted item (within reason and comfort level) to your chest and with flat feet and a straight back squat down and back using your lower body strength.

Then, make cookies.

    Superman: Home office setups tend to be just different enough from people’s normal setup, which can lead to back pain.

There are several Superman variations, but the basic one starts with laying face down on the floor. Reach your arms up straight in front (like Superman in flight), while squeezing your glutes and lower back. Hold for 1 second and return to flat.

Peace of mind

It goes without saying that stress is the universal reaction to a spreading pandemic. Some people have taken it in stride, choosing to take this huge life interruption as an opportunity to focus on personal goals and betterment. On the other hand, some of us would just like to zone out and escape for a few moments. In reality, it’s probably a combination of both for the majority of us. So whatever you’re feeling in this moment, here are a few handy and fun resources to help you find the calm in the storm.

Quarantine, let’s do this!

Happiness Lab: This is the podcast of Laurie Santos, professor of psychology at Yale University. Santos focuses on applicable psychology to everyday decisions and fulfillment. It even features a Coronavirus bonus episode about beating loneliness during isolation.

SoulPancake: If you just need something, anything heartening in your day, this is the place. This is the Youtube channel that prides itself in exploring human-powered positivity. One of its most popular series, Kid President, is just the medicine if you find yourself feeling worked up about politics.

Other great resources: The Science of Happiness, Headspace and Project Better Self.

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