At TOsketchfest, the Holiday season marks the beginning of the leadup to Toronto’s favourite comedy festival in March. We call it #comedychristmas! So the Holidays hold a special place in our hearts. We thought we’d reach out to some of our extended TOsketchfest family for some of their favourite Holiday classics. Here’s what we asked:
What’s your your favourite Christmas/Holiday movie and why?
Ben Miner – SiriusXM
Bad Santa – I love this movie, Billy Bob’s pretty much the scummiest guy ever but he’s still super lovable. Thurman Merman is fantastic and Tony Cox is one of the funniest people alive. I love that opening shot where Billy Bob stumbles out of a bar, it looks like a Rockwell painting.
Damien Nelson – Flip! Publicity
It’s a Wonderful Life – My favourite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. But wait, it’s not just my favourite Christmas movie . . . it is my favourite movie, period. One of the funnier scenes in the film is when George Bailey brings his endearing guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody, to “Nick’s” seedy bar. When Clarence orders he asks for “mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves. Off with you, me lad, and be lively!” This is when Nick loses his patience and says, in that old timey twang: Hey look, mister. We serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don’t need any characters around to give the joint “atmosphere”. I want to open a bar just so I can say that to someone someday. Merry Christmas!
Tim McLaughlin – Steam Whistle Brewing
Die Hard – It gives you the Xmas vibe without the sappy Christmas cliché ending.
Flo & Joan
How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Why?
- We like watching people’s Christmas’s be ruined.
- Anything with Christine Baranski gets a Flo & Joan seal of approval.
- It makes us feel better about our green hairy legs.
Nelu Handa – Yas Kween
Bloodsport – Sometimes you start a Christmas movie tradition for no other reason than it being the only VHS around. This harrowing tale tells the epic saga of a young man who commits a break and enter at a neighbourhood Sensei’s home and ultimately becomes a champion in the sometimes fatal underground Kumite competition in Hong Kong. It’s got everything you want in a Christmas movie. Cop chases on foot, zingy one liners ‘it’s time to protect your nuts, guys’, low brow misogyny, and heart pumping fight montages. The evil villain Chong Li has always been my Grinch and the hero Frank Dux is like a bad ass Cindy Lu Who who believes in the spirit of fighting evil with goodness/kickboxing.
It’s a Wonderful Life – I really like it because the guy starts out wondering if maybe he should’ve done another thing with his life, but upon trying suicide and receiving the angel, he is shown that no, his life is nice.
Krista MacIsaac-Barclay – TOsketchfest Production Manager
Merry Christmas Mr. Bean – has to be the best family holiday watching. This classic tv episode (yay short!) is G rated, but still has a man with his head stuck up a Turkey’s a$$. There is barely any dialogue so you can’t get angry with your mother for talking too much. Keep an eye out for an amazing shopping trip where Mr. Bean rewrites the nativity scene to include tanks, helicopters and T. Rexes.
Scott Montgomery – The Whole Truths
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – This is movie-making the way Jesus intended it (because I like it, and I assume my personal enjoyment was at or near the top of his list of intentions). Also, it’s chock full of classic holiday themes like love, camaraderie, renewal and defeating the Nietzschean superman who harbours a longstanding blood grudge against you.
So there you have just a few recommendations from a selection of the funny fools in the fantastic TOsketchfest universe. (You didn’t think you were gonna get “Elf” or “Home Alone” didya?)
From the gang at TOsketchfest, have a safe and super-duper-wicked-awesome Holiday Season!