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Here's the Complete Eric Andre New Year's Special

Comedian Eric Andre hosted a live New Year's special on Adult Swim earlier this week, dubbed The Eric Andre New Year's Eve Spooktacular. Adult Swim just posted the whole thing online, and you can watch the 45-minute special (27 without commercials) in its entirety via this link. Andre was joined by co-host Hannibal Buress and guests like Demi Lovato, Omarosa, and Kevin Sorbo. It's every bit as insane as you'd expect an Eric Andre Show special to be, and it's worth watching whether you want to have your own private second New Year's while you watch or not.

Jimmy Fallon and Tracy Morgan Read "Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Jimmy Fallon's SNL war buddy Tracy Morgan slapped on a turtleneck and scarve and joined him to tell a good ol' Christmas story last night. Tracy Morgan, of course, takes "Twas the Night Before Christmas" off the rails in a typical Tracy Morgan fashion, albeit without taking his shirt off. This is just another video to add onto the stack of evidence as to why NBC should give Jimmy Fallon an annual Christmas variety special already, a movement that is gaining some traction on Tumblr this week.

The 12 Most Darkly Funny Thanksgiving-Themed Sitcom Episodes

Every TV show leans on tropes to fill out their season. For the standard dramatic hour, it’s brilliant doctors/lawyers/cops with a complicating flaw. For animated sitcoms, it’s copying The Simpsons or copying the copies of The Simpsons. And for critically acclaimed premium cable, it’s so many naked breasts.

That’s why network shows pioneered the holiday episode. If you’ve got 23 episodes of funny! to do from fall to spring, it makes life a lot easier when Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even Groundhog Day give you jumping-off points.

Now most shows do their holiday episodes with plenty of standard cheer. It’s like, why [...]

The 20 Specials of Christmas: Community

And here we are at the end of my Christmas death march. I’ve watched — and rewatched — a lot of Christmas episodes this month. A lot. I’ve made some bad decisions, seen some things I’d rather forget, and spent too much time on YouTube watching local commercials that aired from 1989 to 1997.

It’s been an emotional time, but one that has taught me an important lesson. The true meaning of Christmas specials isn’t in celebrity guest stars or lessons learned or songs sung. It’s not Jesus or Garfield or Mary Tyler Moore (it’s a little bit Mary Tyler Moore). The meaning of Christmas is trying to find [...]

The 20 Specials of Christmas: The Bob Newhart Show

Like Newhart's comedy, this special takes a little time to ramp up to greatness. The first few scenes are your regular Christmas special cliches: gifts awkwardly exchanged, one member of a couple being more giving than the other, etc.

But once Bob gets into his routine about Christmas parties, the special becomes really funny. Newhart sells well-trodden the tropes of awkward parties and guilt as new and fresh.

Kick Off 2013 Right with Eric Andre's New Year's Eve Spooktacular

Don't have plans for New Year's yet? Why not spend it with Eric Andre on Adult Swim? The Eric Andre New Year's Eve Spooktacular will be airing on Monday, December 31st from 11:30pm to 12:15am on Adult Swim and will obviously feature a ton of unpredictable, crazy Eric Andre behavior. Celebrity guests include Demi Lovato, Sebastian Bach, Omarosa, Kevin Sorbo, Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi, and of course, Andre's co-host Hannibal Buress. The 45-minute special will feature a classic New Year's countdown and will be broadcast live in front of a studio audience, which is a pretty gutsy move on Adult Swim's part considering how Eric Andre [...]

Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey, and The Roots Perform "All I Want for Christmas" with Kids' Instruments

Here's Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, joined by Mariah Carey, in a video recorded backstage before a Late Night taping in which they play "All I Want for Christmas Is You," entirely using elementary school classroom instruments. Questlove is really tearing it up on that wooden clacker.

Tom Hanks and Matt Damon Celebrate Halloween with Stephen Colbert

Living legend Tom Hanks made an appearance on The Colbert Report last night to share some Halloween tips and not to plug his latest movie, Cloud Atlas. Here he is with some fun costume suggestions for trick-or-treaters, which just happen to all be characters from his movies. It's a complete coincidence, as is the appearance of Matt Damon in his Saving Private Ryan costume because A-list movie stars always go door-to-door for candy on Halloween, dressed up as their past roles. It has nothing with Hanks trying to get to get people to see Cloud Atlas by showing off how many good movies he's been in, that's for sure.

The 20 Specials of Christmas: Garfield

Splitsider just featured an article about the history of Garfield's mediocrity. And generally, I agree. Garfield The Comic Strip has a long history of sucking. The joke-based strips are lame and the storylines are all boring. A character gets lost or goes on a date. Will they be okay? Yes, but it's Monday! Jesus.

However, I'll go out on a limb and say the Garfield animated series was alright. Maybe it wasn't great. But it was a fun, entertaining kids show based a comic strip solely designed to be hung in your saddest co-worker's cubicle.

Which brings me to the Garfield Christmas Special, a surprisingly funny and touching [...]

The 12 Days of Christmas Vacation

One of the best things about this time of year is getting to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Of all the Christmas movies out there, it’s definitely my favorite. Watching this third installment of the Griswold family was something of a tradition for the Worcester family, and even after countless viewings, it still makes me laugh out loud every year.

Chevy Chase is at the top of his game and the supporting cast is note perfect. Everything comes together flawlessly in this movie, easily making it the best of the Vacation franchise. For more detail on that, please consult my fellow Splitsider contributor Alden Ford.

To properly show [...]

A Charlie Brown/Louie Mash Up from Fox ADHD

ADHD, the Fox network's upcoming late night animation block, continues to pump out cool web videos. Their latest is "A Charlie Brown Christmas Reunion," which combines Peanuts with Louie, following a middle-aged Charlie Brown returns home as he sees all the depressing things that have happened to his friends. Sure, it misses the guy flipping off the camera in the opening credits, something that other great Louie parodies have included. Aside from that, though, it's pretty solid.

'Portlandia' Is Returning a Little Early for a Winter Special

Portlandia's third season kicks off on January 4th at 10, but the show's coming back a little early to fill your heart with holiday cheer. IFC has announced that an all-new special called "Winter in Portlandia" will air December 14th at 10:30/9:30c, meeting all your feminist bookstore comedy needs for those of you who can't wait until 2013 for more of this wonderful show.

Jimmy Fallon Recruits Maya Rudolph, Patton Oswalt & Jason Segel for Christmas Mad Libs

Jimmy Fallon offered up a new spin on his traditional reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, mad-libbing it with guests Martin Short, Patton Oswalt, T.I., Maya Rudolph, Jesse Eisenberg, Jack McBrayer, Brian Williams, Zac Efron, Howie Mandel, Jason Segel and Walter the Muppet. I don't want to spoil too many of their beautiful, reverent verses, so I shall only say this: Merry Christmas to all, and to all a fried penis.

The 20 Specials of Christmas: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

Let's first talk about Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. It's a bad movie. The acting's bad. The story's bad. The effects are bad. Even the Christmas spirit in it is bad. It's a horrible, horrible movie about selfish aliens and a creepy Santa.

Which is why it works so well for Mystery Science Theater 3000.

In fact, it features my favorite MST3K joke ever:

Reporter: "Is it true you're going to use a rocket sled?" Santa Claus: "Oh no, siree! We're going out the old fashioned way -" Joel: "Guns a-blazing."