422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special

422: Comedians of Christmas Comedy Special

Dec 17, 2010
The holidays are stressful so we booked a seasonal pick-me-up: an hour of comedy. Including comedians Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia, Julian McCullough, Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Edith Zimmerman. Musical guests: Dave Hill and Doug Gillard.
  • Ira Glass plays Christmas jokes told by third graders, collected by producer Jonathan Menjivar. It turns out there really aren't many holiday jokes (although see our blog post for more), but kids are happy to invent them. (5 1/2 minutes)

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  • Wyatt Cenac tells this story about spreading Christmas cheer in Texas. Wyatt is a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. (13 minutes)HolidaysLive PerformanceMothers

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  • Two very, very short stories by Edith Zimmerman. Edith is the editor of TheHairpin.com. (2 1/2 minutes)FictionFunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • Despite our nation's attempts to make Christmas all about toys and shopping, it is still a religious holiday. Mike Birbiglia tells this story about Catholicism and his mother. Mike is author of the memoir Sleepwalk With Me. (8 1/2 minutes)FunnyHolidaysLive PerformanceReligion

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  • Comedy duo Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate disagree about the awesomeness of Hanukkah... and about the nature of their relationship. Gabe contributes to videogum.com. Jenny appears in the HBO series Bored to Death. Together they host a comedy show in Brooklyn, NY called Big Terrific. (6 minutes)FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • Stand-up comedian Julian McCullough tells this story about heading to someone else's home for the holidays. You can watch Julian's Comedy Central Presents special at his website, julianmccullough.com. (16 minutes)FunnyHolidaysLive PerformanceMothersTravel

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  • We end our program with an original song by comedian Dave Hill. Dave is backed up on guitar by Doug Gillard of the bands Guided by Voices and Nada Surf. You can download the song by right-clicking (or on a Mac, ctrl-clicking) here. (4 minutes)

    Some photos from the live show, shot by Alden Ford:

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Image by Alden Ford. From the stage at Littlefield, the club in Brooklyn where we taped the show.

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