SNL Christmas 2012

Aired On: NBC

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            After watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special and Christmas at Rockefeller Center, what better way to wrap things up than with SNL Christmas, a two-hour holiday special featuring some of the best holiday skits from over 38 years of the not-ready-for-prime-time comedy Saturday Night Live.  After all the cute, serious and beautiful, I was in need of some funny.

            It all began with Santa's My Boyfriend, a hysterical song performed in sixty girl-band style.  I laughed my head off as the trio sang about the one man most important in their lives and wondered whether or not he'd leave his wife for them.  It ends with the girls angelically singing the famous opening "Live From New York, It's Saturday Night."

            From there, this year's holiday special had its ups and downs.  There were some real favorites on this year, like Garrett Morris leading the original cast in a Christmas carol, Steve Martin's Christmas Wish skit, Alec Baldwin and his Schweaty balls skit, Alec Baldwin as a head elf trying to motivate some complaining and less-than-productive cobbler elves, Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song, Michael Buble's Duets Album featuring Jimmy Fallon as Sting, Justin Bieber and more, the Justin Timberlake ______ in the Box video and more.  I really enjoyed the older skits from the 70s and 80s the best.

            But two hours may have been too much SNL Christmas for me.  There were some skits that were downright boring and not in the least bit funny, like the Will Ferrell spinning barf-fest, the Chanukah version (or lost ending) of It's A Wonderful Life, Candace Bergen's Consumer Probe of a sleazy toy maker portrayed by Dan Akroyd, the Martha Stewart Topless Christmas Special skit and more. 

            What could have been one hour of hilarious laughter became a yawn-fest well into the second hour.  I did enjoy quite a bit of SNL Christmas, but I think it should have been a lot shorter.  Then, perhaps, it could have been aired at 10PM EST, ensuring that children wouldn't have access to material clearly meant for us sick-humored adults.


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