8 Celebrities Doing Quarantine Shows That Make Isolating More Bearable

These celebrities are doing their best to keep our spirits high while in quarantine.

The quarantine has been hard on everyone, including some celebrities who have been posting videos that seem to indicate they're struggling to keep calm and sane just as much as the rest of us (just with bigger houses to spread out in, of course). But also like many of us, some of the biggest names out there have decided to try to make the best of things, and have been sharing their talents with the whole world and delivering feel-good content for free. Here are some of our favorite celebrities doing quarantine shows that have been keeping us informed, healthy, connected, and feeling good.

John Krasinski's "Some Good News" show

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John Krasinski asked his Twitter followers on Mar. 20 to send him some stories that made them smile that week with the hashtag #somegoodnews, and soon, he was inundated with heartwarming replies. So, on Mar. 29, he launched a show on YouTube called "Some Good News" to share the best ones, and they are bound to make you cry happy tears. As an added nostalgic bonus, his first guest on the show was none other than his former co-star from The Office Steve Carell!

Chris Pratt's children's book readings

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Have you ever dreamt of having Chris Pratt read your kids a bedtime story? Well, in this 11-minute Instagram video, he does just that, with a soothing rendition of Maverick and Me—a children's book about animal adoption by his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger. He's also doing this to benefit some children's organizations, and is asking children's book authors to send copies of their books in for approval so he and some of his other celebrity buddies can read them out loud as well.

The Backstreet Boys' living room rendition of "I Want It That Way"

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A lot of celebrities have been entertaining us by posting videos of themselves performing while in quarantine. But Elton John took it up a notch on Mar. 29 by getting a bunch of his famous friends together for an iHeart Living Room benefit concert, which raised more than $1 million for charity organizations benefiting the first responders and victims of the coronavirus pandemic. Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, and Billie Eilish are some of the legends who joined in to belt out songs from their homes, but the fan favorite was the Backstreet Boys' reunion for a special living room performance of "I Want It That Way."

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon's "Staying In" podcast

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Comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily Gordon, are hosting a podcast called "Staying In," which features hilarious 30-minute segments on quarantine life and the proceeds are going to charities assisting individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stephen Colbert's socially distant "Late Show" segments

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Many were heartbroken when Stephen Colbert announced that The Late Show was going off the air for an indefinite period of time due to COVID-19. But Colbert has stayed in viewers' lives daily with weekday videos featuring his trademark satirical spins on the news from the comfort of his living room, his backyard, and even his tub.

Seth Meyers' socially distant "A Closer Look"

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Did you rely on Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" for a comedic version of your daily news digest? Since Late Night With Seth Meyers was also temporarily canceled due to the pandemic, he's been hosting "social distancing" editions of the segment from his private study. It's the same witty take on the latest current events, just sans suit and tie.

Chris Hemsworth's chore-centric workout

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Do you miss the gym and don't have the equipment to work out at home? Chris Hemsworth has you covered. Over the weekend, he posted an Instagram video in which he does a workout that shows how you can use laundry detergent, a basket full of dirty laundry, and a chair to stay fit. You can do the chores and "get swole" at the same time!

Miley Cyrus' "Bright Minded" talk show

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Miley Cyrus has been hosting a positivity-filled daily talk show at 11:30 a.m. PT on Instagram Live called "Bright Minded: Live With Miley" in an effort to help people "stay lit in dark times." She's had quite the star-studded line-up too—everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Millie Bobby Brown to Ellen DeGeneres to, of course, her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus has joined Cyrus for some fun distractions and real talk.

To all of these celebs, we give our thanks. After all, there's nothing like some quality entertainment while we stay home.

Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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