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A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (2008)

Join Stephen Colbert and his friends--Toby Keith, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Feist, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart --for a yuletide evening of song, dance and nog-induced dementia.


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Credited cast:
Stephen Colbert ... Himself
Elvis Costello ... Himself
Rich Dahm Rich Dahm ... Wisconsin Cop
Leslie Feist ... Herself (as Feist)
Toby Keith ... Himself
John Legend ... Himself
Willie Nelson ... Himself
Jon Stewart ... Himself
George Wendt ... Santa


Join Stephen Colbert and his friends--Toby Keith, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Feist, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart --for a yuletide evening of song, dance and nog-induced dementia.

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Release Date:

23 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! See more »

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Spartina Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The back cover of the DVD release contains a depiction of the principal cast as Peanuts-style caricatures on stage, similar to the first rehearsal sequence in A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). Some of the more obvious references include John Legend sitting at a piano like Schroeder, Willie Nelson being surrounded by fumes like Pigpen, and Jon Stewart carrying (and dragging) a blanket like Linus. Less obvious is Leslie Feist being posed in a dance similar to that of one of the minor Peanuts characters. See more »


[repeated line]
Stephen Colbert: Oh, look. We're under the mistletoe. Well, this is awkward.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD is entirely missing one televised part. Comedy Central puts the credits on split screen, and while the DVD just continues the full-screen credits with music, the premiere has a coda with Elvis Costello helping Stephen finish his "Jingle Bells" parody and supplying the missing line "fighting crime with toys", and then Stephen going to put some coffee on, before cutting to split screen ads. This is not included as one of the alternate endings, or anywhere else on the DVD. In addition, the DVD is missing the commercial/sponsor (Buff your jingle bells) parody that was shown on TV. See more »


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There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In
Lyrics by David Javerbaum
Composed by Adam Schlesinger
Performed by Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello
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Really funny!
25 November 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Stephen Colbert, in his persona from "The Colbert Report", gets stranded in a cabin when he has to do a Christmas special, only to get visited by several acquaintances (all the while trapped by a bear). While I wouldn't call this Christmas special quite as funny as Colbert's show, it's still a hoot. More than an hour-long version of the show, "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!" also pokes fun at every entertainer who makes a Christmas special every year. Stephen Colbert certainly does a really funny job. Not that I wouldn't expect him to.

Anyway, I definitely recommend this special. It constitutes a true dose of yuletide truthiness!

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