A Very Colbert-y Christmas (Special) To You!   

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!Despite my very good intentions to go to bed early last night, I staying up for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! It wasn’t nearly as funny as I’d hoped but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

My biggest complaint, by far, was the freaking laugh track. As I understand it, it was indeed from a studio audience but that does not excuse it. Laurel let me know that the DVD defaults to no laugh track with the option of adding it if you’d like. Trust me on this, you don’t like. It was too loud and too much and more often than not the audience started laughing before the punch lines. I’m guessing it has to do with being in the studio and watching them perform it all in person. I’d likely have been laughing much more in that case as well.

Feist sings on A COLBERT CHRISTMAS.Once I got used to the laugh track and tuned it out as best as possible, I really liked most of it and thought they did a great job with the songs. Feist’s was probably my favorite… just because I love the idea of Angels putting you on hold when you’re praying to God. Heh.

They did a great job parodying Christmas specials of old. In fact, the most recent special that instantly jumped to mind was Nick & Jessica’s Family Christmas from 2004. Hahaha. I have no idea why really but I totally had to go re-watch that this morning because I couldn’t get it out of my head. Thanks for that, Stephen.

I will say that I could have done with a few less guests. Or, maybe, a few others who stuck around for the entire piece. Jon Stewart makes an appearance on A COLBERT CHRISTMAS.I think that may have been a symptom of having to squeeze all those people into one hour but something about it didn’t work for me. Of course, Stephen is at his best when he’s working alone. The bear stuff was hysterical. I also really loved Jon Stewart’s appearance (as well as the fact that he was the only one without a photo during the credits). But then I always like when Jon and Stephen work together.

In conclusion, I’d definitely watch A Colbert Christmas again and am currently debating whether or not to buy the DVD. Maybe that’s another item that belongs on my Christmas Wishlist, eh?

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