Seven of the greatest Saturday Night Live Christmas sketches ... that we could find on the web - VIDEOS
But deep down, you know that anyone that happy has to be making up for something equivalently dark and sinister. They are hiding a dark secret, something they can't even admit to themselves. You just know that the rises in sick leave usage after she brings her secret recipe brownies aren't coincidences.
Christmas wears the same mask. All it takes is a little scratching to find something dark and funny behind its red and white veneer. SNL has had some great success taking pot shots at Christmas, even during the down times, for this very reason. It's hard not to find something funny about Christmas, but it's hard to keep finding something funny about it long after the turkey has been picked clean and the eggnog has left a thin layer of plaque on the inside of your small intestine. Here are the best of the best.
1. Tarzan, Tonto and Frankenstein sing "Away in Manager"
It's hard to fathom the chain of thoughts and the right mixture of drugs and alcohol it took to put these three muttering monosyllabics under the same roof. But when it comes to Christmas, they don't just deserve their own sketch. They deserve their own Christmas special. If Kathie Lee Gifford can get five of them, these guys can have at least one.
2. TV Funhouse takes on A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Peanuts gang learn they can wave their arms like a crowd of Mardi Gras tourists at something and magically turn it into something 10 times better. Soon they discover the true meaning of Christmas -- getting cool stuff like supercars, porn star grade lesbians, and the ability to control the weather. Lights, please...
3. Hanukkah Harry
Just because stores don't have month-long Hanukkah sales and blue light Menorah specials doesn't mean the gentiles should have all the fun. The SNL crew attempts to fill this gap with a Hanukkah special and helps us realize why a real one is such a horrible and unintentionally funny idea.
4. The lost ending to It's a Wonderful Life
After years of having to sit through this sappy morality tale about the gift of giving, SNL gives us the ending that Frank Capra would have done if he were Sam Peckinpah. The evil Mr. Potter finally gets the gift he deserves, and George Bailey learns that no man is a failure who has friends willing to organize a last minute lynch mob.
5. Christmas Eve with President Gerald Ford
It's a sure-fire recipe for comedy. Add one president who has trouble figuring out how his own two feet work, a 15-foot tall Christmas tree, a speech with words that contain more than three syllables, and stir vigorously.
6. NPR's Delicious Dish and their Schweddy Balls
It's not hard to see why this sketch gets such a rise out of people, even women, which is confusing and yet kind of hot.
7. Dick in a Box
It not only became one of the funniest sketches in the 30-plus year history of the show, but it also accomplished something no one ever thought was possible: Justin Timberlake's first listenable song.