From ‘Great British Baking Show’ to TikTok, The Daily Beast Staff’s Favorite Pop-Culture Comfort Food squib

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In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, I asked my esteemed colleagues at The Daily Beast to tell me what pop culture offerings they were thankful for this year. Friends from all over the Beast weighed in—the art department, the social team, politics and media reporters, and more—and, as you’ll see, with great enthusiasm, too. For them, I am grateful.

Cecily Strong, Queen of Everything

I feel like it was a special gift to me, specifically, when Apple TV+ rallied during a pandemic to shoot an entire season of a TV show that takes place almost entirely in a magical world where everyone thinks they’re in a Golden Age Hollywood musical. How was this a show, for any reason but to utterly delight me? Schmigadoon! let Cecily Strong show off her range of talent with a splendor we hadn’t seen before on SNL… but then again, she has had one of the best years of SNL in recent memory. Her two strongest moments—singing “My Way” as Jeanine Pirro while in a bath of red wine, and discussing her own abortion while dressed like a clown—are all-time great ones, which is astounding when you consider that she probably does the best character sketch work of anyone in the cast. A genius.

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