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"A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!" a special featuring songs composed by Broadway’s “Cry Baby” team of Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne fame) and “Daily Show” executive producer David Javerbaum, will air Nov. 23 on Comedy Central and hit DVD two days later. The Hollywood Reporter describes the high-concept premise:
[Stephen] Colbert will be snowed in at his cabin in upstate New York and will pass the time with his musically inclined friends.
Songs and performers: * "Another Christmas Song," Colbert * "Have I Got a Present for You," Toby Keith * "Little Dealer Boy," Colbert and Willie Nelson * "Hanukkah," Colbert and Jon Stewart * "Nutmeg," Colbert and John Legend * "Please Be Patient," Feist * "There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In," Colbert and Elvis Costello * "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love And Understanding," everybody Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 17, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Count me on board.

    by MaxG

    Hell yes.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Sounds real retro

    by Aloy

    Just like Andy Williams

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    That picture..

    by otm shank

    cracks me up!

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Feist? I'm there

    by Holodigm

    I hope she doesn't sell out and try to make all her songs like 1234. Open Season is probably the best remix CD ever.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST


    by Horace Cox

    Colbert looks like J.R. "Bob" Dobbs in that photo.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    "A ______ Christmas": Most overused TV term?

    by Prossor

    even if it's used in a self-poking way as it is in this case (as about most of the time it's used anyway), just hearing those tired stale ass words is revolting.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Colbert is a waste of perfectly good protien.

    by TheCap

    Why is this biased, loudmouthed, half-witted no-talent lame*ss still on television ? Why wasn't he smothered at birth ? I am so sick of his pretentious, self-absorbed, smarmy attitude. Crawl back unnder a rock, 'BERT, you jack*ss.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST

    I've decided to accept Jesus Christ as my saviour

    by Flim Springfield

    just to enjoy this show even more.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST


    by DJJester

    See that's exactly why Colbert is so damn funny. ITS NOT REAL. Its all an act. He takes every bit of Bill O'Reilly and these other blowhard 'pundits' to the rediculous extreme. If you take it seriously your more cracked than he is.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    used to watch colbert clips on youtube

    by palewook

    but don't watch his whole show, only time i have comedy central on tends to south park or futurama.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    in the grand tradition

    by LegoKenobi

    of pee-wee's christmas show. sounds awesome.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    If TheCap could spell "protein" ...

    by Shan

    ... He might have a better argument.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    The way to a mans heart is thru his stomache

    by OnusBone

    ...So stab with an upward motion.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Leave the Cap alone

    by David Cloverfield

    He's either 10 or dumb. There's nothing you can do for him right now.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by fiester

    Republicans have no sense of humor. It's how you can differentiate them from actual human beings.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    "_____ Saves Christmas" is worse

    by Thrillho77

    than "A _____ Christmas." Christmas has apparently been in danger more times than Lois Lane and Mary Jane combined.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Very nice

    by Kevin Kittridge

    I eagerly await this. I find Colbert considerably funnier than Stewart (who I think does a fine job).

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Anyone think that Stewart was on the Warpath after Vacation

    by OnusBone

    He seemed pretty disgusted during that first segment.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by OnusBone

    Mondays show, FYI

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Colbert - a genius for our times

    by oisin5199

    Colbert does the best satirical commentary I've heard in a looong time (if not ever. Since Jonathan Swift, maybe). He's Bill O'Reilly mixed with the Fool from King Lear. Come to think of it, I'd love to see Colbert play the Fool (literally) in King Lear.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Colbert is me hero

    by Acappellaman

    He's the best thing to happen to TV since... ever. He makes politics entertaining to watch, which, for me, is a miracle in itself. He has made my top three people in history that I'd like to meet: Jesus, Michael Jordan and Stephen Colbert. What a fun evening THAT would be!

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Toby Keith

    by R_Sammy

    Mr. "boot in your ass is the American way" does strike me as someone who wouldn't know he is the butt of this joke. I can't wait to see this.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Toby Keith is a Democrat...

    by ChrisPC24

    He actually is anti-Bush and anti-war, like a lot of country singers, including his buddy Willie Nelson. Most of them keep their mouths shut after the whole Dixie Chicks fiasco, however.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    They did these when I was a kid

    by ArcadianDS

    Andy Williams, a near-to-death Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr, et. al.<p> Except those were legit holiday specials. This one sounds like a Naked Gun version of a holiday special full of whacky crazy South Park musical hijinks. played out.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Herc, no Big Brother finale TB?

    by Heckles

    I know, I know. "Who gives a fuck about Big Brother, drrrrrr." Just saying, there might be more interest in it over a soon-to-be cancelled FOX dramedy based on Snow White.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    re: Thrillho77...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...except that, "The Night Hannukah Harry Saved Christmas" was a great SNL sketch... that's only good example though.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by David Cloverfield

    That's some razor sharp political commentary. Seriously, quit your day job.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this...

    by morGoth

    ...Colbert is the MAN! Heh, it's so great that right-wingers think he's actually one of them because, y'know, they don't realize he's laughing AT them...not with.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Seriously I though I'm reading democrat's post

    by David Cloverfield

    great stuff. Make a comedy album. Fuck that, make two. Invest all your money.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    At least Colbert cares about Christmas unlike O'Reilly

    by G100

    I expect Colbert to tear "papa bear" a new one for his ungodly attack on Christmas removing the word Christmas from An American Carol to further O'Reillys secret pagan agenda.<p> <p>P.S. O'Reilly's wife fucked Flavor Flav.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Toby Kieth

    by DeadPanWalking

    Not only is he an avid democrat, he also secretly drives a Prius, contributes op-ed pieces to the Atlantic Monthly under a pseudonym, is an expert certified sommelier, and has one of the most extensive collections of both Tiffany lamps and fabergé eggs in the United States and by the time I've finished typing this, perhaps in the world.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by elvirasbuttboy

    I will not be voting for McCain OR Obama next month. Not as a protest or out of lack of duty or any bull like that, but for the fact the elections are in NOVEMBER, NOT next month(October).

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by Nozoki

    Are you trying to make fun of the people hating on Colbert because you think they are Democrats that don't like Colbert's right wing image and left bashing humor? That's what it seems like, and that's sad that you are that dense.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I'm convinced grueman is joking

    by mefrog

    In response to TheCap's idiotic post.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Count me in

    by JoeSixPack

    I would watch A Colbert Labor Day Special. Colbert Nation, represent.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    gruemen is joking

    by David Cloverfield

    he's just not good at it

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Holding a shiny mirror up to society

    by tenaciousal

    All one needs to do is watch the 24/7 news channels to see what Colbert and his gifted writers are doing. I'm a journalist in the United States Navy, and even I'm taught that a good journalist NEVER, EVER editorializes. CNN, MSNBC, and of course Fox all break this sacred rule every minute of every day and Colbert is calling them out on it. Kudos to him and Comedy Central for making comedy relevant.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Colbert has been falling out of character...

    by Wooksie

    ... to make verbatim Democratic points since the campaign has heated up. I guess this election is just too "important" for satire. Jon Stewart has also rendered the first segment of the Daily Show unwatchable, but that isn't a new phenomenon.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Attn McPoops

    by MCSuchandsuch

    I don't know if he is aware, but I think Casey Wilson mentions him in one of her blogs on funnyordie. Yep, definitely does. He's a regular DannyGloversDickBlood!

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    The fact he drives wingnuts into a rage proves his ability

    by G100

    Granted he and Jon Stewart are being handed vast quantities of material on a plate thanks to the Republicans (and some Democrats) so they tear the Campaigns to shreds VERY easily indeed.<p> <p>It's also not Colberts fault that fuckwits like O'Reilly and Loyal Bushies are so easily mocked.<p> <p>And of course he's not Swift but he's 10000 X funnier than shit like the Fox News half hour news hour for a start.<p> <p>BTW grueman to attempt satire you generally have to be funny or have something to say. But keep trying as your embarrassing fumbling attempts merely ram the point home that satire is neither easy nor to be attempted by amateurs. Uberman for example knows how to starize and does so hilariously. You clearly do not.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Fuck this - Bring back STRANGERS WITH CANDY

    by Geekgasm

    seriously, it was wicked funny. Not the movie so much. The show, though, hilarious.

  • Sept. 17, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Needs Muppetts

    by Larry of Arabia

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST


    by loafmeat

    i definitely have thought stewart has been on the warpath since monday. i think he has recognized the position that he is in and is taking responsibility. there are a lot of people who wouldnt know what the hell is going on in america if not for him, so he is giving people an honest news broadcast, updating his viewers on whats happening in the world. honestly, now i know how people felt watching walter cronkite.

  • Sept. 18, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST


    by Prossor

    the other night one of his 'jokes' was just a straight line 'at least the democrats do this better..' without any satire to it at all. well so much for clever subtext ey?