We’re in the countdown zone for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year .
Here are a few only-in-L.A. alt-Christmas “classics” guaranteed to jingle your bells.
You can feel the tingle already.
Or maybe that’s just the numbness in your arms from carrying 20 lbs. of presents….
Christmas + Comedy + Pie
An evening with The Upright Citizens Brigade is always an evening well spent: the improv troupe — now double the fun with two locations — is one of Hollywood’s fave spots to recruit comedy up-and-comers.
Tonight only, The UCB Yuletide Christmas Holiday Special (at the Sunset location) features Ian Roberts (Key & Peele) in a special guest appearance at Santa and Mrs. Clause’s annual, corporate retreat. To sweeten the evening two-fold, you’ll also have a chance to win a pie from Sugar Pie, Honey Buns.
It’s the best $5 you’ll spend this season.
THE UCB YULETIDE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIAL — Fri, Dec 19 & Sat, Dec 20 @ 10:30pm. $5 (pie raffle also at Saturday’s show) — UCB Sunset, 5419 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood 90027. For tix & more info, go HERE.
Christmas Carol Sizzle
Given their predilection for ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night, A Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday vehicle for NoHo Ho impresario Zombie Joe, director Denise Devin and their band of scary elves.
In the ZJU version of the Xmas classic, expect a chorus line of steampunk swagger with your Scrooge played by troupe mainstay Sebastian Munoz. Devin delivers a trifecta of iconic Dickens spirits with deft turns as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. And in this busiest time of the year, the streamlined tale of horror and redemption will have you out the door with plenty of time for a holiday night cap by the fire.
And for that, God bless them, every one.
ZJU PRESENTS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” — Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 7pm through December 28. $15 — ZJU Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo 91601 For tix & info, go HERE.
Are you at the point in the season where holiday shopping malls have become the ninth circle of hell?
If you screamed yes to that question, you might want to forego the muzak fa la la this Sunday and head over to Cinefamily for a late night of seasonal horrors with Ghoul Skool, of found footage foragers Everything is Terrible!
In addition to a merry mishmash of gloriously bad holiday media including vintage ads, public access weirdness and understandably-forgotten TV specials, the evening will include a rare screening of 1989 movie Elves.
Playing a washed up, alcoholic, department store Santa, Dan Haggerty (of Grizzly Adams fame) battles demonic elves in a shopping mall (and beyond) to protect the last, remaining, pure-blooded Aryan virgin in the world.
The latter is not to be confused with a certain, well-known mom in a manger.
A VIDEO NIGHTS CHRISTMAS SMORGASBOARD (featuring ELVES) — Sun, Dec 21 @ 10:30pm. $12/free for members — Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax, LA 90036. For tix & more info, go HERE.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….