Happy 11th Day of Christmas!
Today, something for a laugh and some social commentary!
Comedians love to poke fun at the foibles of society, and Christmas comes in for its share of laughs. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite ones with you.
Green Christmas by Stan Freberg (1958):
I got turned on to Stan Freberg recordings in High School, and have had a love affair with them ever since. In a larger sense, it was my introduction to humor in music, a topic I’ll do a series of blogs on at another time. Needless to say, I am a hopeless Doctor Demento fan.
I’ll step aside and let the hilarity begin with this skit:
Tom Lehrer – A Christmas Carol
Tom Lehrer was a master of music satire. Here is his “Christmas Carol”:
PDQ Bach – A Consort of Choral Christmas Carols
P.D.Q. Bach is the brainchild of musician Peter Schickele. (Remember him as Joan Baez’s collaborator on her Noël? There will be a quiz on all these blog posts, you know!) He has given us 50 years of musical hilarity with his antics.
For Christmas, PDQB penned some carols:
Here they are:
“Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John”:
“O Little Town of Hackensack”:
“Good King Kong Looked Out”:
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Christmas At Ground Zero
What can I say?
And as a bonus:
Bob Rivers – The 12 Pains of Christmas
Since we are doing the 12 Days of Christmas here:
Stephen Colbert – Another Christmas Song:
From our new master of comedy!
Celtic Elvis – Kill a Tree for Christ
Satire from California’s Celtic Elvis:
Lon Chaney, Jr. – Monsters’ Holiday (1964)
Elmo & Patsy – Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer
Finally, the classic:
I hope these brought a smile to your ears!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Steven A. Armstrong
Tutor, Editor, Consultant