Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.
A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.
Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.
The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:
Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa
The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.
A Muppet Family Christmas
The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.
Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas
To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.
Star Wars Holiday Special
Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.
Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special
Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.
Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.