Stocking Stuff

Art © 2005 David Malki, explained later.

Christmas is here. I wish you a day of peace.

Screencap © 2009 Worldwide Pants Inc.

Are you dreaming of a Betty White Christmas? The saucy gal, whose shtick these days melds the randiness of her Sue Ann from The Mary Tyler Moore Show with the cluelessness of her Rose from The Golden Girls to great comedic effect, dropped by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday night (it's a general link since the specific clip isn't working for me). While the seams showed a bit — I'm guessing not enough rehearsal time to memorize the lines or know what to improv, hence the slight hiccups in dialogue betwixt her and Craig — she's a national treasure.

Screencap © 2009 Rebel Virals.

If you can't wait for 24 to begin next month, you might enjoy the Rebel Virals video in which Jack Bauer meets Santa Claus [new link]. I think it's almost too well done to be funny, if that makes any sense.

1920s lithograph offering greetings from Krampus and St. Nicholas

News flash! Sunday night's post on the Krampus finally has a graphic. I hoped to add more, but I'm afraid of my connection dropping out again mid-edit.

Screencap © 2005 NBC Universal Inc.

In the "I Laughed, So It's All Right for You to Laugh" department, we have "Christmastime for the Jews", an installment of SNL feature TV Funhouse. What makes the best of this kind of parody so satisfying, from Saturday Night Live to Spinal Tap to Sesame Street, is the commitment level. Robert Smigel et al. evoked old-school holiday animation and wrote a genuine song in the Phil Spector Wall of Sound style with Darlene Love on vocals. You can watch the video alone via the above link or as part of last week's SNL special A Very Gilly Christmas.

Screencap © 2009 Worldwide Pants Inc.

The selfsame Darlene Love's yearly rendition of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on The Late Show with David Letterman aired Wednesday night (again, you're on your own finding the clips). Her performance followed a great guest segment with Alec Baldwin and Jay Thomas' annual visit for the Christmas Quarterback Challenge, a tradition to which I sincerely look forward. Although Dave knocked the meatball from atop the Ed Sullivan Theater's Christmas tree before Thomas got off a single shot, Jay's recap of the Challenge's history and anecdote about his misadventures with Clayton Moore, TV's Lone Ranger, were among the best to date. Who ever thought that David Letterman would be associated with sincerity and tradition?

Art/caption combination © 2009 David Malki.

Somehow, Wondermark has escaped mention on the blog ere now, despite it being my favorite webcomic. David Malki's twisted brainchild is the source of both the image that leads off this post, excerpted from one of the author's own favorite Christmas strips, and of the cartoon above, the single funniest holiday card I received this season. Collections are available and will be reviewed here one of these days; meantime, a tryptophanic stupor is the perfect state in which to enjoy Malki's work, so get browsing and maybe order a little post-Christmas gift for yourself.

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