It could be argued that 2016 is some kind of fever dream concocted in Willy Wonka's gondola tunnel.
One of the things we all need to accept is that Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg have collaborated to create a weekly "potluck dinner party" that will air on VH1. And we all need to be grateful.
Each week, Stewart and Dogg will cook something with some of their famous friends for a themed meal. Seth Rogen, Wiz Khalifa and Ice Cube are just some of the big names viewers can expect—and that's just the first episode.
The show is like a hugely casual dinner party. There are games, there are drinks, and there are awkward jokes, just like any other family gathering. Because that's what the show also is: a family get-together of the best kind.
Without giving too much away—the series premieres Monday at 10 p.m.—here's a list of things you can learn from the first episode in which Stewart and Snoop engage in a battle of fried chicken recipes.
1. Stewart has been struck by lightning three times in her life. Three times!
Ice Cube asks if she thought God was trying to kill her, and Stewart simply says that she's not religious. This happens during a game of "Two Truths and a Thigh" (or "two thighs and a truth," as Snoop calls it). The name is in keeping with the theme of the fried chicken-centric episode.
2. The show manages to remain a cooking show, as is typical of Stewart's core personal brand, despite near-constant distractions.
In between musical refrigerators and surprise guests, Stewart manages to teach and inform others. Even though she gets teased for "knowing how to make things white," she presses on good-naturedly to explain the purpose of a buttermilk bath.
3. Snoop can "read grease."
Yes, Snoop foregoes any sort of kitchen timer when frying chicken. Instead, he claims he can read the grease. (Ice Cube, upon tasting one of Snoop's wings, might disagree with that particular talent.)
4. There is a gleeful embrace of marijuana.
This might end up being the time-capsule show that captures 2016 in a nutshell. Snoop plugs Wiz Khalifa's own brand of "kush," and no one bats an eye. They're all completely fine with it, even when it gets "sneakily" sprinkled into a frying pan. Snoop and Stewart basically equate the herb with any of the other herbs that might be used in a recipe.
It's that nonchalance from both ends of the entertainment spectrum, the rap world and the wrap world, that makes it so not a big deal.
5. Our love of this duo transcends the weirdness of the duo.
Yes, the show is weird as hell. Yes, it's completely trippy. Yes, Seth Rogen is somehow the voice of reason who points out how bizarre this particular group of people being together in one room is. But that's what makes it perfect. The pair have somehow become bosom buddies over the past eight or so years, and society might have brought this new series on VH1 into existence by sheer will.
Seeing such an unlikely pair have so much fun in such a unique setting is truly refreshing, even if you have to pinch yourself to make sure it's actually happening.