Originally Aired: 12/01/17 – Our annual Christmas show featuring Alex James and a look at Christmas movies, comics and TV shows
That’s right friends, the season is upon us! It’s time for the Geek Hard Christmas Special!
We start off with the return of our favourite holiday punching bag – Alex James, in studio for the whole show. He performs the Christmas song Christmas Bells but not as well as Kyle Stevens of Kirby Krackle where he stole the idea from. Like we said he’s our favourite holiday punching bag!
Our annual tradition of the Great Christmas Movie Swap! continues. Where we each give the other a Christmas movie the other hasn’t watched for the first time and then we review it. Mr. Green reviews Christmas in Connecticut (chosen by Andrew) released by Warner Bros. Studios starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet. While recovering in a hospital, war hero Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) grows familiar with the “Diary of a Housewife” column written by Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck). Jeff’s nurse arranges with Elizabeth’s publisher, Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet), for Jeff to spend the holiday at Elizabeth’s bucolic Connecticut farm with her husband and child. But the column is a sham, so Yardley hastens to arrange a publicity ploy by setting up single, nondomestic Elizabeth on a country farm. While Andrew reviews Office Christmas Party (chosen by Mr. Green) released by Paramount Pictures starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn and T.J. Miller. When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s (T.J. Miller) branch, he and his chief technical officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
We of course continue the tradition of forcing Mr. Green to read Christmas themed comics. This year Andrew has chosen Power Man and Iron Fist: Sweet Christmas Annual (2016) #1 written by David F. Walker and art by Scott Hepburn and Harley Quinn #10 (reprinted in A Very DC Universe Rebirth Christmas) written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner and art by Moritat, Joseph Michael Linser, Bret Blevins! While Mr. Green likes comics he is not a fan of Christmas themed comics and Andrew continues his campaign to make Green like them.
Of course no Christmas show would be complete without our annual checking out of Christmas specials and hitting some television specials from the past. Bob’s Burgers – Bob Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins, Grimm – The Grimm Who Stole Christmas and Doctor Who – A Christmas Carol Christmas episodes.
Of course no Geekmas would be complete without Alex James taking part in another of Geek Hard’s time honoured traditions: Alex James Christmas Trivia. For the past 6 years running, we have subjected Alex to an embarrassing trivia quiz that shows off how much of a humbug this guy really is. If you’ve never heard the quiz before, you’re in for a treat. For those that have, the good times continue.
The Geek Hard Christmas Stocking winner is announced. Congratulations! George Sager of Etobicoke, Ontario.
Plus, the debut of Geek Hard’s 2017 Christmas poem “The Night Before Geekmas” performed by Andrew Young and musical accompaniment by Alex James.
It was a great show!
Plus exclusively for our $4/month Patreon supporters, our latest Geek Hard Extra After Credits segment discussing more Christmas stuff with Alex James.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!
Geek Hard Logo – Candice Hibbard and Rich Robbins
Technical Production – Gary LaBarr, Recorded at the Reality Radio 101 Studio
Producers – Andrew Young & James Green
Opening Music “Eterna Teen” by Mark Holman
“Christmas Calling” by Valerie Masters
“James Caan” by Maxwell Miranda Parsley
“Father Christmas” by The Kinks
“The Wish That I Wish Tonight” by Jo Stafford
“No More Event Books for Christmas” by Hard Guitar
“Marvel Comics for Christmas” by Idlechatter
“Countdown to Christmas” by The Glam Chops
“What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder
“Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
“If We Make It Through December” by Merle Haggard
“Too Many Santas” by Maxwell Miranda Parsley