The Original Christmas Classic

  • "Old St. Nick's got bourbon breath
    It's so cold you could catch your death
    A cop sold me some crystal meth
    It's a Merry Fucking Christmas."

    Denis Leary

Twinking lights, gleeful children, and a big turkey dinner with the family can inspire warm and fuzzy feelings for some of us. But for others, the holidays mean untangling those pain in the ass Christmas lights, dealing with the demands of greedy kids, and fighting with their dysfunctional family. To all those who love Christmas—and for those who can’t wait until December 26th —Denis Leary is here to wish you a Merry F***kin’ Christmas.

The first book in a joint partnership between Running Press and Comedy Central, Denis Leary’s Merry F***in’ Christmas (Running Press; November 2012; $15.00) is based on the irreverent title track from his classic Christmas album and Comedy Central’s annually aired TV special. A portion of any profits the author earns from sales of this book will be donated to The Leary Firefighters Foundation.

Denis Leary, star of the cult dysfunctional Christmas classic, “The Ref”, brings that same sensibility to Merry F***in’ Christmas. This hilarious anti-holiday “children’s book,” in the vein of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, features brand new verses and original stop-motion animation art. Leary’s in-your-face humor shines as he covers everything from drunken Santas and cranky elves to irritating family members and even holiday consumerism.

Can’t stand the holidays and all that comes with them Set a match to the Christmas cards, take a swig of bourbon, and read Denis Leary’s Merry F***in’ Christmas.

Denis Leary’s Merry F***in’ Christmas
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication Month: November 2012
32 pages; 8 x 6 ; full color illustrations through-out
ISBN: 978-07624-4762-6
Available as an enhanced e-book: 978-07624-4771-8

About the Author
Denis Leary is an actor, comedian, and five-time loser at the Emmy Awards. He lives in New England and New York City. Please visit him at

About the Co-Author

Chris Phillips is a New York based voice actor, writer, and musician. He has been Leary’s longtime songwriting partner.

About the Animator
Corky Quakenbush has been producing award-winning film and video projects for over 25 years. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Please visit him at

About The Leary Firefighters Foundation
The Leary Firefighters Foundation was established in 2000 by Denis Leary in response to a tragic fire in Worcester, Massachusetts that claimed the lives of Leary’s cousin, a childhood friend, and four other firefighters. The Leary Firefighters Foundation’s mission is to provide funding and resources for Fire Departments to obtain the best available equipment, technology and training. The foundation is dedicated to helping maintain the highest level of public safety in our communities.
The Leary Firefighters Foundation

About Running Press
Running Press creates more than 175 new titles a year under three imprints: Running Press, Running Press Miniature Editions™, and Running Press Kids. It is a member of The Perseus Books Group, an independent company committed to enabling independent publishers to reach their potential whether those publishers are Perseus-owned, joint ventures or owned by third parties. Member publishing programs include Avalon Travel, Basic Books, Basic Civitas, Da Capo, Lifelong Books, Running Press, Seal Press, Vanguard Press and Westview Press, as well as partnerships with PublicAffairs and Nation Books. Through Consortium, Perseus Distribution and Publishers Group West, the Perseus Books Group is also the leading provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent publishers.

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