LOS ANGELES — As the world is getting gloomier by the day due to the COVID-19 pandemic, actor John Krasinski wants to bring people some good news on his recently launched YouTube channel “Some Good News.”
A hand-painted sign reading “SGN” served as an adorable art backdrop, crafted by his daughters Hazel, 6, and Violet, 3, with wife Emily Blunt, 37.
Alright everybody, how about #SomeGoodNews ! Send me the stories that have made you feel good this week or the things that just made you smile!
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) March 25, 2020
After the post received more than 3,000 comments and nearly 20,000 likes, Krasinski came to the understanding that people are desperately in need of some happiness and cheer. Keeping it light, Krasinski opened his noticeably low-budget show on Sunday with his hand spinning a globe and hand-drawn “SGN” sign made by his daughter.
“I am John Krasinski, and if it isn’t clear yet, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing.”
“After reading those replies and the incredibly heartwarming stories that came with them, I thought, ‘All right, enough is enough, world,’” Krasinski said on his new show. “So ladies and gentlemen, this is your fault. And this is SGN. Without question, we are all going through an incredibly trying time, but through all the anxiety, all the confusion, all the isolation and all the ‘Tiger King,’ somehow the human spirit found a way to break through and blow us all away.”
The post featured an interview with Steve Carell in honor of the 15th anniversary of “The Office.”
It was amazing to watch old buddies Carell and Krasinski reminisce about their “Office” days.
“I mean, I was a waiter when I got that job. I was 23 years old, I was a waiter,” Krasinski told his former co-star. “And after the pilot, I went back to waiting tables ’cause I was sure nothing was gonna happen with it. And we all kind of came into it with that vibe. I remember none of us had done anything huge.”
Krasinski cited several stories about the heroism in the medical community and the way in which people have stayed connected through the madness of social distancing. His interview with Courtney “Coco” Johnson, a 14-year-old who finished a round of chemotherapy, marked the arguable high point. Johnson went viral when she returned home to see her neighbors lining the street at a safe social distance welcoming her with balloons and celebratory signs. Krasinski said he “cried for a very long time” after watching it.
“No matter how tough life can get, there’s always good in the world,” Krasinski told his audience.
Another noteworthy moment, which maybe accounts for the show’s 3.5 million views, was his interview with Steve Carrell, his former co-star on “The Office.”
“The pair reminisced about their favorite memories on the set of the mockumentary series that aired for nine seasons on Comcast’s NBC,” Market Watch said of the moment. “And while Krasinski looked the part of a news anchor in his suit jacket and tie, Carrell told him, ‘I guarantee you that the bottom half of what you have on does not match the top.’ (Indeed, when Krasinski stood up at the end of the segment, he was wearing pajama bottoms.)”
You can Watch Krasinski’s interview with Carell and rest of the video post above. Enjoy.