A Visit from Hip Young St. Nicholas by Clement Clark Moore, VI

Happy Holidays, Steamroller!

In putting together our show, Snowed In: The Upstairs Gallery Christmas Pageant, Sarah and I wanted to evoke the tone of classic Rankin/Bass specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Year Without a Santa Claus. We both love Christmas, and those specials go hand-in-hand with celebrating this time of year. It's no surprise, then, that some of the characters in our show are based on existing Christmas figures.

We also found out about another Christmas figure created by Clement Clark Moore, VI, the great-great-great-great-grandson of Clement Clark Moore, who we all know wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas" aka "Twas the Night Before Christmas". As the great-great-great-great-grandson of a poet, Clark Moore, VI, carried the family profession, and had written his own, lesser-known version of the poem.

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A Holiday Playlist from Oh Theodora's Conor Sullivan

With Christmas less than a week away (and our big Christmas Show tonight!), myself and the rest of Oh Theodora understand you’re probably getting sick of all the same old songs playing in every store/car/car store you’ve been in the last two months. So, in order to keep you in the Christmas Spirit, here’s a playlist I’ve created of some lesser known Christmas gems to play while wrapping your brother’s Gift Card to Kenny Roger’s Roasters.

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The Late Live Show presents: Razzin' Rudolph

Hello, friends! Joe Kwaczala here, host of The Late Live Show. Did you know that we're having a Christmas special this Saturday? Well, we are, and you should be excited because this installment will have more comedic content than a normal episode. However, there were still some ideas that we liked that didn't make it very far in our writing process for whatever reason. But since you're such a nice person, I'm going to let you take a peek at one of these ideas that could have been...

I think the title of the sketch came before the idea, which is a thing that sometimes happens with us. In a writers' meeting, the phrase "Razzin' Rudolph" was uttered for some reason, and it got the room riffing on the premise, "What if Rudolph was in the front row of a Def Comedy Jam show when an insult comic was on stage?" Below are some jokes/insults that the comic maybe would have said. I think we talked about the comic also being a reindeer. Whatever he was, his jokes were meant to be really really bad, but the audience can't get enough of it. The other part to this was that Rudolph just wanted to have a nice night out with his wife; they're getting older, maybe drifting apart, and this is not helping.

Anyway, here are the jokes. If this is your first exposure to The Late Live Show, please keep in mind that the following is maybe the culmination of two minutes of thought:

  • Lookit this muthafucka's nose. What kinda WACK ass crack he into?! Look like maybe BAMBI's on her period!
  • Yo, if his nose so bright... why his brain so stupid?!
  • Ha ha! With your big red nosed-ass sittin up front like "uhhh, excuse me."
  • This Prancer-lookin' ass got a maraschino cherry for a nose.
  • Hey idiot, how'd your nose even get like that? From giving head to a stop light?
  • I see your children don't have red noses. Probably because your wife fucked some regular ass deer to make them!
  • You like a shape-shiftin' CLOWN with that nose.
  • What's your name? Rudolph? Motherfucker's name is RUDOLPH. Well, it's RUDE OLPH you to show ya broke ass face in public! Ya ugly! Look at him. Motherfucker think he Blitzen or some shit. Goddamn...

So as you might have already guessed, one of the main reasons behind this bit's rejection was "Guys, what are we doing?" But please come to The Late Live Show Christmas Special this Saturday. We actually worked hard on it. Plus, we've got Erik Adams from The A.V. Club and holiday music from The Nothingheads! How can you say no?!

Tickets available here: http://thelateliveshow.com/tickets