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A Note From the Principal About the Myths of Santa Claus and Democracy, by Ben Godar

Dear Teachers and Staff,

It's that time of year when students begin asking questions about Santa Claus. Some are believers, some are doubters, and when they come together…watch out! My suggestion is to treat the idea of Santa much like you would the idea of our democracy—a pleasing notion that some take comfort in (even if it's not real!).

Students will bring in all kinds of legends from their families.  Some will believe Santa carries a magic key that unlocks any door. Others will believe elections represent the will of the people. It's important not to question these obviously fraudulent ideas and let their parents decide when they are [...]

The Complete Guide to Everything: The Movies of 2012

This week Tim has had enough of Christmas and would like you all to stop even though Christmas ended nearly a week ago. Also Tom becomes a member of a museum and feels pretty smug about it. In this episode the guys discuss the movies of 2012, including Sleepwalk with Me, Moonrise Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Underworld, Red Tails, Chronicle, Ghost Rider, Wanderlust, A Thousand Words, 21 Jump Street, The Hunger Games, Cabin in the Woods, Dark Shadows, The Dictator, Battleship, Men in Black 3 and Life of Pi.

It is important to note that neither Tim nor Tom have seen the majority of the [...]

The 'Bob's Burgers' Christmas Special Has Zach Galfianakis, Blood, and Lube

Sneak a peek at the holiday episode of Bob's Burgers, which airs this Sunday at 8:30 on Fox and guest stars big-time Hollywood movie star Zach Galifianakis. Just judging by this quick preview, it has more blood and lube than just about any TV Christmas special ever – save for that one really weird Peanuts special that they're not allowed to air anymore.

Santa Gets Terrifying on the 'NTSF: SD: SUV::' Christmas Special

Tonight is the NTSF: SD: SUV:: Christmas special, in which our heroes are hunted by a homicidal Santa Claus. Perfect for the kids! As executive producer Curtis Gwinn, who also directed this episode, told me, "it's sort of a Paranormal Activity meets Tim Allen's The Santa Clause. You know, classic Christmas stuff." If that alone isn't enough to sell you, check out the exclusive clip above. The whole thing airs tonight at 12:15am on Adult Swim.

Martin Short and Paul McCartney Are Doing 'SNL's Christmas Show

Saturday Night Live has booked a couple of living entertainment legends for its Christmas show this year. TVLine reports that Martin Short will be hosting the December 15th episode, with Sir Paul McCartney serving as musical guest. Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo were previously announced as the host/musical guest for the next new episode, which airs December 8th. This will be Martin Short's third time hosting the show (his last was in 1996) and Paul McCartney's fourth stint as musical guest (his last was in 2010). Short, as SNL buffs recall, was a cast member for the 1984-1985 season. If the writers don't make him reprise his role as [...]

Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, Weird Al, and More Visit Eddie Pepitone for "A Puddin' Christmas"

Here's the new Christmas episode of Matt Oswalt and Eddie Pepitone's web series, Puddin', featuring the return of guests like Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, Weird Al Yankovic, James Urbaniak, Jake Fogelnest, Dana Gould, and more. As expected, it's one of the darkest Christmas specials ever.

Watching Conan Celebrate His First Christmas on TV with the Help of Some Puppets

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

With each new installment of From the Archives I get to enjoy the searching and researching and recapping that goes into each new find [...]

Tuesday Night Sitcom Recap: 'Happy Endings,' 'New Girl,' 'Mindy,' and More

This season, Tuesday is the busiest sitcom night of the year, with three of the four networks airing comedies all against each other on that night each week. Yesterday saw Fox's New Girl and The Mindy Project each celebrating the holidays as they prepare to take their winter breaks, while Happy Endings has its holiday episode set up to debut next week. Let's take a look at last night's new holiday-themed (and non-holiday-themed) episodes:

Happy Endings – "To Serb with Love" CLAY: In "To Serb with Love" we get to meet Alex and Jane's parents, look inside Jane's joke-writing process, and watch Max try to compete with Pete for [...]

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.

'Community' Has Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Episodes Coming Your Way This Spring

Community's return to NBC in February, four months later than the cast and crew had planned when making the first several episodes, will be causing some holiday-themed episodes to air long after we non-TV people celebrate said holidays. Joel McHale told Jimmy Kimmel last month that Community's "Halloween episode is gonna be awesome in February," but TV Guide reports that the show also has Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes in the can that'll also be airing way late. Still, at least the show is coming back and we get to see these episodes eventually, and it'll be fun and silly to see the Community gang decked out for [...]

Seth Rogen Is Making a Christmas Stoner Movie

Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg are set to tackle their first holiday movie. In an interview with Collider, director Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies) let a few details slip about the mysterious new project:

I’m just finishing a script that I’m hoping to shoot in the next few months. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing it, and that’s a Christmas party movie, or a Christmas movie for stoners. I probably shouldn’t even be talking about it. It doesn’t have a name. It may never happen, so we’ll see.

This is just one of many projects Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have in development. Following the [...]

Left Handed Radio: 'Too Late'

On this episode:  We get trapped in the Inescapable Death Box, Skeleton Warehouse has a Christmas sale, a man donates too much blood, "Letters to Santa," Michael quits drinking, College Basketball Round-up, a commercial for Gold Ribbon dog food, a woman looks for jetpack parts for a new project.

Left Handed Radio is written and performed by Adam Bozarth, Dan ChamberlainMatt Little, and Anna Rubanova, with Aaron Burdette, Matt Dennie, Nate Dern, Frank Hejl, and Will Hines

See the next Sequel Machine show live: Hobbit 4. UCB Theater East, 3rd Street & Avenue A. Thursday, January 3rd, 11:00 PM.

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The Complete Guide To Everything: Christmas Specials Christmas Special (Part Two: More Christmas Specials)

On a very special episode, we discuss two beloved Christmas specials: Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas and Frosty the Snowman. Of course, these conversations devolve into Tim's problems with the current state of the Muppets, his feelings about the problems with eight year olds today and an indictment of magicians in general.

Also, we talk about the perils of doing hard drugs and sleeping under a bridge, and solve a problem from a listener involving taking sexy pictures of a lady to raise money for an engagement ring.

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The Complete Guide to Everything Christmas Specials Christmas Special (Part One: Christmas Specials)

This week we cover the holiday TV specials: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, A Charlie Brown Christmas, I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown, and The Star Wars Holiday Special.

Also, we discuss leftover antibiotics, Tom has a furniture mover steal $0.25 from him, Tim describes his perfect piece of furniture, whether Alfred Hitchcock and The 3 Stooges are alive still, why Derek Jeter doesn't beat himself up over errors, misunderstanding Bea Arthur as a drag queen as a child, 50 Shades of Tim update and we solve a problem involving a grandson not wanting his grandpa to send him to space camp.