A Colbert Christmas: Thank you, Santa!

Most of us would rather chug a gallon of spoiled eggnog than be subjected to a corny Perry Como-y Christmas special. But what if it were hosted by a cardigan-and-turtleneck-clad Stephen Colbert? And what if he wound up singing the best new holiday tune of the century? (I’m not saying "Another Christmas Song" fits that bill; I just thought we were tossing around hypotheticals here.)

From the cozy confines of a mountain-cabin set, the faux political pundit says at the start of Comedy Central’s A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (Sunday, 10 p.m.): ”I’m so excited right now, I’m sporting a yule log.” Why? Because he’s decked his halls with a swell bunch of celebs; musical guests include Elvis Costello, Feist, Willie Nelson (”The Little Dealer Boy”), John Legend (crooning a sexy song about nutmeg), and Toby Keith (who declares war on the war on Christmas). Even Jon Stewart drops by for a duet about the potato-pancaked joy of Hanukkah. (He also drops a bleeped-out explanation of a tradition that involves a lamb shank. Don’t say you weren’t warned.) Also prepare thyself for a miniaturized Nelson; when asked by Colbert what he’s doing inside a nativity scene on top of the piano, he responds, "Stephen, right now, I’m so high, you’re hallucinating." Let us award special props to Costello: Not only does he prove to be a highly versatile thespian in this special (read: he wears multiple costumes), but at one point he marvels to Santa: "You got me just what I wanted most — the gift of not being digested by a bear." (In or out of context, that line just works.) While a musical number or two last a wee bit too long, the special nicely blends cheer with cheek. And when a disturbing mistletoe moment occurs between Colbert and said grizzly, you’ll definitely grin and bear it. (One clip from the show is below and you can see three more after the jump.)

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Toby Keith

John Legend

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  • Adrienne

    My DVR is already set to record this. Can’t wait!

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  • Raven_Moon

    I don’t think Christmas speacials should air before Thanksgiving, but for Mr. Colbert I can make an exception. This is sure to be great. (:

  • Bug H.

    I think it was very rude to make insulting remarks about Mr. Como. At least it was beautiful Christmas music, instead of most of the garbage on this day and age, which has nothing to do with the whole reason of Christmas anyway – Christ’s birthday!!!

  • Jim

    Hey Bug H. — You’ll really love this Christmas Special. You really seem to GET IT.

  • Jim

    Hey Bug H. — You’ll really love this Christmas Special. You really seem to GET IT.

  • Susan

    OH YES!

  • Carl from MI

    It’s Stephen Colbert… watching anything less would be uncivilized!!

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  • Debbie

    I too loved Perry Como. It was a different time… Stephen Colbert is today, in all its glory and dysfunction!
    They both deserve Christmas specials.

  • Leigh-Anne

    As someone from Perry Como’s hometown of Canonsburg, PA, I’m just happy he got a shout-out!

  • Mitch

    Hey Bug H., Jesus wasn’t even born in December!

  • Arthur

    Is there anything he can’t do?

  • Arthur

    I meant Stephen Colbert, not Jesus.

  • Hollis Lefever

    WRONG! The world would love a COMOy true Christmas special with singers and musicians that have true talent and thoughts that inspire the Christmas spirit of humanity.

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