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September 18, 2008 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | September 18, 2008 |


colbert-christmas.jpgComedy Central has announced that it will be airing “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All” on November 23 (a Sunday night), followed by a DVD release the next Tuesday. If it were anyone else, I would say this sounds like a steaming pile of fuck with just a mellow side of interesting:

The special finds Colbert on his way to meet Elvis Costello in New York City only to get snowed in at his cabin in upstate New York. Fortunately, he’s able to weather the storm with the help of buddies including Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson and Jon Stewart.
Colbert and his friends will sing an assortment of original songs composed by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne with lyrics by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” executive producer David Javerbaum. Song titles include “Little Dealer Boy,” “There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In” and “Hannukah.” All of the guests will then close the show with a rendition of “(What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love And Understanding….”

But Colbert gets 100% benefit of the doubt, and I suspect this will be one of the best television Christmas specials since the director’s cut of that special where David Bowie gave Bing Crosby a real white Christmas.

(…I’m saying they snowballed)

We shall see / Seth Freilich

Industry | September 18, 2008 |




Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.



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