Help us, Kenny Chesney

Did you miss seeing Victor and me answer a million ridiculous questions while I wore frozen ice packs because being anxious makes me overheat? If so you will not understand this piece of fried gold that my friend Michael Nachoff sent:

But you are in luck! Because the whole ridiculous evening was recorded so just click here and you can watch it unfold. Also, we accidentally opened it too early but it worked out because we had time to waste so Hunter S. Thomcat got to make a cameo until he got terrified and knocked over everything.


PS. Visit Scissorland. Unless you live here. In which case, you’re soaking in it.

PPS. Special thanks to Anderson’s Bookshop, Gibson’s Bookstore, Northshire Bookstore, Avon Free Public Library, Half Price Books, Old Firehouse Books, Bookery Manchester, Kepler’s Literary Foundation, Scrawl Books, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Left Bank Books, Square Books, E. Shaver Booksellers, Magic City Books, Towne Book Center and Holt for making this all possible!

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  1. Ok, so did I miss a previous blog post explaining the inside joke of “Help us, Kenny Chesney”? If so, I’m sorry and will not let it happen again.

    (You didn’t! Listen to the first 10 minutes of the video and you’ll get it. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

  2. It was such a fun evening! I definitely needed it! Thank you both!

  3. I’m stuck in the Drunk Drawer with the Gutter Tree Clown. He wants me to drink cheap run and is saying if I don’t he’ll shoot poop water from his finger.

    (Yeah. That’s pretty much the summary. ~ Jenny)

  4. Mike: “Did she just shove an ice pack down her…”
    Me: “It’s called “self-care” and damn I am so unbelievably proud of her for normalizing doing what you need to do to be comfortable in your surroundings.”
    Me: And that my friends is how you stay married for almost 32 years. 🙂
    Thank you Jenny & Victor for giving us a wonderful date night experience. <3

  5. I’m so glad it was recorded! I was very sad that I had a conflict and couldn’t be there. I have to say, Victor was a brilliant guest, you all are adorable and I second everyone who said you should make a podcast. I would listen to that.

  6. My husband and I watched, at times laughing to hard we were wiping tears from our eyes.

    We’re not quite “Scissorland” territory, but we own at least 8 sets of nail clippers and are lucky if we can find one when we need it.

  7. Love your writing so sending a gentle edit:
    ‘Did you miss seeing Victor and I ….’ should be ‘Did you miss seeing Victor and me…’ because you wouldn’t say
    ‘Did you miss seeing I…’
    Sent with love n best wishes!

    (Thank you! ~ Jenny)

  8. I need you and “Victor” to do way more of these. You two are my favorite comedy team

  9. It was an hour well-spent; delightful and hilarious.

  10. We all knew that you are an utter delight, but OMG VICTOR!
    I, desperately, needed the hilarity of that hour+.
    Thank you, both, so very much.
    Kind of bummed that my question wasn’t picked, because I really do want his opinion on the Sweet or Savory Cornbread question.

    (I can tell you. I like sweet. He likes savory. ~ Jenny)

  11. I laughed so hard, I scared my dog and twice Victor made me cry (but in a good way). It was just the kind of thing I needed during a tough week. While you may not feel up to doing your own podcast, I do hope someone lets you hijack theirs from time to time. You guys were hilarious!

  12. Thank you so much for making the recording available! My mood just improved by about 100,000,000% knowing I have that to look forward to tonight.

  13. Thank you for recording and sharing it! I had a library board meeting that night, so I really couldn’t attend in real-time. [I was sad; but, I’m not anymore.] XO

  14. I am so pumped that you recorded your talk with Victor! I was so excited to watch live but I had a really bad day and put myself to bed at 7:30. Your books are getting me through the end of a rough school year of teaching.

  15. Wish life was that wonderfully supported when mental illness makes everything almost not worth living for. Good for you gifted Jenny.

  16. I know Victor was joking with the whole “you’re an hour late, you missed the whole thing” bit but that actually did happen to me because the email notification was off by an hour. So glad I can watch it now!

  17. Getting to watch you and Victor and hear you read from your book we’re amazing experiences and I am so glad that even though I live so far away I got to feel like a part of things ❤️ PS Have you heard of Cain’s Jawbone?

  18. Sudden thought, how about a once a month get together with just you and Victor where you guys can answer more questions or talk about silly things, movies, music?
    Once a month might be too much, pressure and all, how about once every 3 months?

    We can send in our silly, embarrassing clips of us asking questions or telling you two an embarrassing/funny story about our day/life/childhood.
    Sorta like when we reveal song lyrics we’ve thought all our lives, then found our we were wrong about.
    Any thoughts? Anyone? Is this thing on? Bueller?
    Well, talk amongst yourselves.. see how you feel.

  19. I wasn’t able to attend but I’m a happy banana slug to see that Bookshop Santa Cruz is supporting you. That was a wonderful place to visit during my time at UCSC.

  20. I’m glad my quick cartoon of Victor Versus the Rodentus Horriblus was a hit! You can see more of my cartoons in my webcomic Chai Coffeeshop (Twitter, Instagram). Thank you for a fun, entertaining, and touching interview!

  21. This was the best thing I have ever seen! You both are hilarious and amazing together!

  22. Awesome that you recorded this for those of us who couldn’t watch it live.
    So funny, and sweet, and relatable.
    I loved Victor’s answers, and the collaborative answering from both of you on questions.

    We have two junk drawers in my home.
    The scissors and box knife live with the restaurant menus and spare nightlight bulbs and screwdrivers and a flashlight that doesn’t work because the spring that help the batteries make contact with the bulb got lost and weird pens.
    The second junk drawer holds weird kitchen gadgets and knives that don’t fit in our knife block and those rubber jar openers.
    Everyone should have multiple junk drawers with multiple weird random crap in them.

    I love the staying married philosophy that people don’t get divorced because they’re too lazy to do the work involved. Sounds like a really good reason to stay married to me. It’s less work to be really pissed off at each other once in a while than it is to do all the work involved with getting divorced, means you do not hate them enough to bother getting divorced.

    I really hope you both do this again sometime. It was so much fun.

    Tell Hailey we are looking forward to them releasing their book.

  23. I am so glad to see it was recorded! My husband is going to watch this weather he wants to or not! I vote for a podcast and books from Victor and Hailey!

  24. This was such a wonderfully weird experience. I laughed until I scared my cat!

  25. This was so absolutely wonderful. The love between you two was so obvious. It was a great 1+ hour to an otherwise blah workday.

  26. I am so glad I get to watch it again and again! I second the monthly/tri-monthly/ bi-annually chats with you and “Victor”. And thank you for sharing your journey ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  27. OH YAY!!! I’m so happy it was recorded! I got to see part of it while getting ready to go out for my daughter’s birthday event(s), but I logged in a bit late and didn’t get to see the end, so now I will! Thank you!!!!

  28. So glad you recorded it! I’ll have to watch it again because I had technical difficulties and gave up. For some reason I could either have video or audio, but not both at the same time.

  29. You and Victor are so f**king adorable. You know why? Because you’re REAL. Everything you said and did was perfectly imperfect (or would it be imperfectly perfect?). Huge props to you, Jenny, for going through with this–I’m sure your depression and anxiety further compound the “performance anxiety” most people feel. But YOU DID IT!! And now, when I feel like I really don’t want to do something that I know would be good/rewarding/helpful/cathartic for me, I’ll think: “Well, if Jenny can do it, so can I!” I don’t know the background to the taxidermy and the dolls’ eyeballs stuff, looking forward to learning about that. And how fantastic that there is a Scissorland T-shirt–gotta get me one! Thank you for being brave enough to share yourselves and your lives, warts and all, with us.

  30. I, too, had technical difficulties and missed the Kenny Chesney part. Add me to the chorus of “Thank you” for making a recording of it available!

  31. I laughed WITH y’all about the scissors and the junk drawer. I have many many pairs of scissors – but only one pair live in a drawer. They are the ones in the kitchen and they live in the JUNK Drawer, yes they do.

  32. I just watched it, and it was gold by itself, but man- go back and watch it with the closed captioning on- absolutely hilarious! There was not so literal translation for much of the time, that made it even funnier. Thank you for sharing this with us!!

  33. You married Lloyd Dobler…how effin’ cool is that?!

  34. I’m so glad you recorded it, because I got my timezones all confused and ended up missing most of it. I did catch the Scissorland part, which entertained me highly 😀

    If only we could get rid of Daylight Savings Time, and then I’d remember what time it is where as compared to Saskatchewan instead of it changing twice a year….

  35. Thank you (and please say thanks to Victor as well) for what was just an utterly wonderful event. I’ve got some tough stuff happening right now, and this event, against all odds, made me laugh out loud, multiple times, in that unexpected way where it just kind of erupts from you like a sneeze, only happier and with fewer tissues required.

    All of which is to say – thank you again, to both of you.

  36. Thank you both for showing that people with mental illness deserve to be loved! The love you have for each other is obvious. Your books have really helped me to resist believing the lies my depression is telling me. Looking forward to more hilarity and Lawsonfoolery in the future!

  37. I am so glad that this was recorded and that you shared it.

    P.S. I would sooooo totally listen to a Victor & Jenny podcast.

  38. Suggested this in the Chat but I think it was too late to be seen … a podcast might seem like too much but a Zoominar four times a year would be simple to set up … and you could theme it with guests (Victor, Hailey, anyone you want through the space-gobbling magic of Zoom) and focus on holidays (Halloween!), hobbies (taxidermy, bookstore-owning, wine slushies), or just collect questions ahead of time and answer them with bits of reading thrown in.

  39. It appears that a lot of cats were scared while their humans enjoyed this event. (But, let’s be real, folks: the phrase “scaredy cat” was coined for a reason.) Also, I think the back of the shirt should say I’M FIMES. You two were the medicine I needed.
    Will there also be a George and Marcia Lincoln shirt? Maybe with a talk bubble over George’s head saying “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”

  40. This was the best hour I spent all week! I haven’t laughed so hard in forever. Thank you! PS I’m totally down with the Scissorland podcast (with a Kenny Chesney intro).

  41. Jenny, I just started watching it and had to pause at the showing of the Kenny Chesney rum. I don’t want to be “that person” but I guess I will be. You drink alcohol on head meds?? I’ve been on head meds for years and stopped drinking alcohol about three years ago. I feel great! (God, that sounds so proselytizing and I don’t mean it to be.)

  42. Finally watching and cracking up at the radio story, where the captions type out “Kitty Chesney” which is somehow even funnier!

  43. Please apologize to Hunter S Thomcat on my behalf. My edible kicked in right about the time he got jumped off your lap and for a brief moment, I thought that I’d scared him somehow.

  44. Hi! Tried to view but could not access the video with this error message: (I zoom all the time so don’t think it’s a zoom access problem): The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.

  45. You two need a podcast. I haven’t laughed that hard in a LONG time.

  46. I have been saving this for when I’m not quite so busy and it was worth the wait. So much fun and so much love.

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