Colbert + Costello + Feist = Christmas


“Fake” news reporter dons cardigan,
celebrates Christmas with famous musical guests

By Brian Creech


Stephen Colbert,
on his quest to protect all things American, has added a new institution to his
list: the Holiday Special.  Sure to
feature collection of holiday attire to make any Gap ad swell with pride, the
one -hour comedy and music bonanza, entitled A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All, premiers November
23rd on Comedy Central .  Though it will
probably be run into the ground even more than the roasts of Flavor Flav and
Bob Saget combined, Comedy Central will also release it on DVD on November 25th.  Old copies of A Bing Crosby Christmas are being tossed out in anticipation.


 According to a press release:


In the special, Colbert is on his way to meet with Elvis Costello in New York City but is snowed-in at his cabin in upstate New York (bear country).
He weathers through the storm with help from his friends Feist, Toby Keith,
John Legend, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart.


Surely, they
will all learn the true meaning of Christmas while making Hannukah/Jew jokes at
Jon Stewart’s expense, but it is a reassuring thought to imagine Colbert and
Costello sharing a yuletide cup of eggnog together.


Eight of the
songs for the special were written by Adam Schlesinger, of Fountains of Wayne
fame, and Daily Show executive
producer David Javerbaum.  “Another
Christmas Song” and “Cold, Cold Christmas” will feature Colbert
solo, while “Little Dealer Boy” features Colbert in a duet with
Willie Nelson.  Jon Stewart joins Colbert
for “Hanukkah ,” while Jon Legend steps in to help Stephen perform “Nutmeg.”
Feist sings “Please Be Patient” to an impatient Colbert, and Toby
Keith continues his tradition of straight-talking singing with “Have I Got
a Present for You,” in which I’m willing to bet he gives someone a


Colbert and
Costello finally cross paths on “There Are Much Worse Things To Believe
In”  and the entire ensemble performs
a version of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love And
Understanding.”  Speculators say
Toby Keith is currently lobbying to have the line “A whole damn lot” added to
the chorus. 


A portion of
proceeds from DVD sales of “A Colbert Christmas” will go to the
charity Feeding America.  Special features on the DVD version include a
book-burning yule log, a video advent calendar, and some alternate
endings.  Like the one where Willie
Nelson jack-slaps Toby Keith
for ratting him out on national television. 


[Photo Credit: Kristopher Long]



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