If you’re in need for some audible Holiday cheer, here’s a quick and handy guide to Laser Time’s semi-beloved Christmas content…
In a timeline I personally consider baffling, Laser Time is about to celebrate our FOURTH CHRISTMAS together. Jesus Christ! Now, I’m guessing most of you know that I’m a massive fan of Christmas and would never stop talking about it/creating podcasts around it if I had my way. I have zero problem enforcing mandatory cheer! But I also know a lot of you don’t share in my enthusiasm, so if you fall into that category, you better thank Ebeneezer Brelston for stopping me from piping all of our previous Xmas content directly into the subscriber feed.
This Holiday we have a ton of new content to listen to. A super-sized Japan episode, and hey, even some Christmas movie commentaries if you’re so inclined, but since I can’t seem to get our iTunes feed to show all of our past episodes, I figured I’d whip up a handy guide to Laser Time’s Christmas Past for those of you with an abundance of downtime.
*ahem* IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:
“Laser Time’s Xmas Special Special!“
Again, I’m all about animated Christmas specials, and if you are too, I assure you this here’s a Yuletide multimedia extravaganza! I wish I could update this episode very damn year. Cartoons, claymation and puppets abound!
“Cartoon Christmas Music!“
In one of Laser Time’s biggest format deviations ever, Hank and I guide you through classic Christmas tunes old and new!
“The Worst Christmas Specials Ever Made“
Here’s where we began a weird counter-programming effort. Tragically, I noticed a huge traffic dip every time we posted full-on Christmas content and needed to find a compromise for listeners who aren’t immediately reduced to tears by Emmet Otter music. So even the Holiday haters can have a bit of fun mocking idiotic Christmas offerings from Mario, He-Man, Arnold Schwarzenegger and more!
“The Manliest Christmas Movies of All-Time“
This is essentially a look at all those films you love and often forget take place around the end of December. There’s a lot of festive nastiness in here, so once again, loving Christmas is hardly a prerequisite.
In our final batch of Christmas counter-programming, we quiz one another to find the most ultra-violent, hyper-serious, least-Xmasy entertainment ever released on or around Decemeber 25th. If we only knew about Star Wars VII…
“The Christmas Toy”
Diving back into full blown sincerity, here we have Laser Time’s first and only fictional Christmas special. A full-on radio dramedy! However, it’s one I don’t expect many folks to get, let alone like. But I’m ridiculously proud of our Christmas Toy parody/topical look at the vidjagame console wars. Plus it was an absolute bitch to make, so it probably deserves another plug.
“The Worst Christmas Ever”
And we’ve arrived at 2014’s Holiday content, but DON’T STOP SCROLLING YET! Going to include a couple bonuses below. Anyway, this is us trying to figure out “The Worst Christmas Ever” using personal anecdotes and actual historical milestones. Tragedy + Comedy = THIS!
“Xmas Ad Nauseum”
Our attempt at reflecting upon our favorite Christmas marketing… yeah, this admittedly may be our weakest offering of the holiday season, however…
“The Filthiest Christmas Songs Ever Made”
BOOM: Laser Time and Christmas come roaring back! Our latest Christmas podcast is being hailed as the funniest episode of 2014 and I’m inclined to agree. And holy shit, this might also be our most graphic episode ever. NOT SAFE FOR SPEAKERS!
While Laser Time only has a single narrative-driven Christmas special (and I really wish there was a better word for that) we’ve been involved in numerous Christmas specials/parodies throughout the years, most notably at GamesRadar.com
“A Very TalkRadar Christmas”
From 2009, I believe this is our first stab at a proper Christmas special. But yeah, it’s essentially a Best Of skinned in a parody of those old-timey “Snowed in with special guests” Christmas specials you’ll children won’t even recognize. A stroll down memory lane!
“A GamesRadar Christmas Carol”
God I love this. Ebeneezer Elston learns the true meaning of motion controls in this utter desecration of Dicken’s classic Christmas tale. This was a truly epic undertaking, I’m incredibly proud of how it turned out, and yes, it practically belongs in a time capsule at this point.
“It’s A Terrible Life”
Mikel’s stab at It’s a Wonderful Life, which I barely remember recording and have never actually listened to. This year, I swear…
THAT’S IT! Thanks for all the years of Christmas cheer, everyone! Now go off and have a happy everything!