Whichever holiday you and your family and friends observe or celebrate, chances are it has been represented on TV and in the movies.
Sure, there are “Frosty,” “Rudolph,” “Charlie Brown,” and many holiday-themed episodes and movies to choose from, but there are scenes you may have missed.
Come along and celebrate the season with these 9 funny holiday clips from TV.
Happiest of holidays to you and yours!
Season’s Greetings from Tonto, Tarzan & Frankenstein
This is one of my absolute faves—I watch it, and it makes me snort! Featuring Jon Lovitz as Tonto, Kevin Nealon as Tarzan, and the late Phil Hartman as Frankenstein, the “Tonto, Tarzan & Frankenstein” skits were a staple of SNL in the ‘80s.
This Christmas one should show you why.
A Festivus for the Rest of Us
“Seinfeld” is known as one of the funniest sitcoms in television history. This clip will show you why. If you find tinsel a distraction, you’ll love this.
Trust me, you’ll love it anyway.
Mr. Robinson’s Christmas
During his days on Saturday Night Live, Eddie Murphy was brilliant. One skit I’ve always loved is “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood,” a takeoff on the much-more-kid-friendly “Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood” kids’ show.
This one is a classic—pure comedy gold. My favorite line? “Hey Robinson! Did you sell my kid a head of lettuce with a dress on it?”
Yes, angry neighbor. But it was really a head of cabbage.
Hanukkah Harry Saves Christmas
What happens when Santa Claus gets the stomach flu? His buddy, Hanukkah Harry comes to the rescue, making children appreciate Santa and his cool gifts.
This classic SNL skit stars Jon Lovitz as Hanukkah Harry and the late, great Phil Hartman as Santa.
Mike Myers and Victoria Jackson play the kids, and they look like they’re about 15 years old.
I Wish It Was Christmas Today
Why is this clip funny? I’m not even sure that I know. But it features Horatio Sans, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan. The song became so successful, that they have performed it on SNL during many Christmas seasons.
I’m telling you, you’re gonna laugh. If for no other reason than in this clip, they all look like they’re still in high school.
And the song is a great ear worm. You’re welcome…
The Lost Ending of “It’s a Wonderful Life”
There’s a lot of SNL on my list. But they tend to do Christmas better than almost anyone else.
This next skit features Dana Carvey and Jan Hooks playing George and Mary Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Dennis Miller plays George’s brother, Harry, back from the service. Phil Hartman is absent-minded Uncle Billy, and Jon Lovitz rounds out the cast of this parody as mean, old Mr. Potter.
The iconic William Shatner introduces it—awesome!
Enjoy this “Lost Ending” of a Christmas classic.
Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without hearing Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song.” Here he is performing it for the first time on SNL’s Weekend Update. Now, when he performs it, people sing along. Not so, during this clip.
My favorite line? “You don’t need ‘Deck the Halls’ or ‘Jingle Bell Rock,’ ‘Cause you can spin a dreidel with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock (both Jewish).”
South Park: Cartman Sings “O Holy Night”
It’s a Christmas miracle! This “South Park” clip is funny and totally safe for work.
I mean it. I’m not trying to get you in trouble. This is funny, features Cartman, has no cursing, and is from “South Park.”
Consumer Probe with Irwin Mainway
I’ve loved this SNL skit featuring Dan Aykroyd and Candice Bergen since I was a kid. Aykroyd plays Irwin Mainway, President of Mainway Toys, which sell, um, let’s just say toys that are Not Ready for Children Players. (Did you get you that play on words? Pretty good, huh?)
My favorite? The Fonzie from “Happy Days” doll that has been changed into a “Johnny Switchblade Adventure Punk.”
Oh, who am I kidding? “Bag O’ Glass” makes me laugh hysterically too.
Watch for when Bergen smiles. I have no idea how she didn’t completely lose it.
About Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski
Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski is the award-winning author of the humor book Next Time I Move, They’ll Carry Me Out in a Box (which makes a great Christmas gift, unlike “Bag O’ Glass”), writer of the award-winning humor column, Wojo’s World®, and a future award-winning stand-up comic. (She loves saying award-winning!) As she types this, she’s still laughing about “Johnny Switchblade Adventure Punk.” Check out her website at www.wojosworld.com.
Feature photo courtesy of Tracey Thomas of Unsplash
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