12/25: Muppets, Comedy, Christmas

Muppets make us merry.

CHRISTMAS MOVIES: Theaters have gotten a rep for staying open on Christmas -- guess it is all the overstuffed people looking for somewhere to avoid leftovers -- but rarely do the smaller screens keep the lights on. Cinefamily at Silent Movie's got a night devoted to holiday clips one rarely -- scratch that, never -- sees on television. Heartwarming? Maybe not. Hilarious? Certainly. They're also doing "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." Teehee. Over at the nearby New Beverly Cinema, the Muppets reign, with "The Muppet Christmas Carol" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan."

HAVOO DORAY, HAVOO DORAY: We're not sure of the *exact* lyrics of the song the Whos sing down in Whoville, but when we think of the Grinch -- and we think of him often -- we tend to get that refrain stuck in our heads. Universal Studios, which is open today, is hosting a snowy, Seuss-y "13 Days of Grinchmas." But will the Grinch himself carve the roast beast? Probably. The celebration runs through Thursday, December 31st.

COMEDYSPORTZ SALUTES THE HOLIDAY: Maybe a bit of ha-ha-ing is what you need, even if you're not done ho-ho-ing. "Morrie and Myra Bernstein Present Christmas! Featuring Hanukkah." Look for old-school variety razzmatazz, look for marital merriment, look for a grown-up cocktail of eggnog that is most certainly spiked. At ComedySportz in Hollywood. 

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