NEW YORK, September 16, 2008 — A great American holiday tradition will be born this year, joining the classics that have preceded it…watching Stephen Colbert’s Christmas special. “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” is a one-hour original musical holiday special premiering Sunday, November 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on COMEDY CENTRAL.
In the special, Colbert is on his way to meet with Elvis Costello in New York City but is snowed-in at his cabin in upstate New York (bear country). He weathers through the storm with help from his friends Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson and Jon Stewart. “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” features original songs written by David Javerbaum (executive producer, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and composer Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), who recently collaborated on the Tony® nominated Broadway musical “Cry Baby,” with the exception of “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” which was written by Nick Lowe. The songs were produced by Schlesinger and Steven M. Gold. Theme music and score also by Schlesinger and Gold.
Songs performed on “A Colbert Christmas” are scheduled to include:
• “Another Christmas Song” – Stephen Colbert
• “Have I Got A Present For You” – Toby Keith
• “Little Dealer Boy” – Stephen Colbert and Willie Nelson
• “Hannukah” – Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart
• “Nutmeg” – Stephen Colbert and John Legend
• “Please Be Patient” – Feist
• “There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In” – Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello
• “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” – Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend and Willie Nelson
For everyone in Colbert Nation, “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” DVD is the perfect stocking stuffer. It will hit stores on Tuesday, November 25 to be released via COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The bonus features include a book burning Yule log, video advent calendar, alternate endings and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the charity, Feeding America.
Feeding America, (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest), feeds America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engages the country in the fight to end hunger. It is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization, with a network of more than 200 Member food banks and food rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit The Colbert Report” is produced by Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions, Inc. in association with Spartina Productions, Inc. Stewart, Colbert and Allison Silverman are the executive producers with Meredith Bennett and Richard Dahm as co-executive producers. Jim Hoskinson is the director. Lou Wallach and Dan Powell are the executives in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
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