“Merry Freakin’ Christmas” rocks the holidayBy CAITLIN KNOX Copy Editor
“Merry Freakin’ Christmas” was such a good play that I wish I could steal all the jokes included to make you laugh while reading this review. Unfortunately for me, the play is still showing this weekend, so I cannot ruin their jokes. Fortunately for you, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Ruth Pierce Wilson Lab Theatre you still have the chance to see the actors play out the jokes for themselves. For the low rate of $3 for students and $5 for adults, you are guaranteed to get a laugh for every dime you contributed.
It is all comedy from beginning to end; even the gloomy moments are somehow hilarious. Director Ed Smith accomplished more than his goal of making “Merry Freakin’ Christmas” the funniest Nexus event of the semester, also making it the shortest. It lasted no longer than 40 minutes. I attended the opening night on Friday and still had time to attend a Christmas party at 9 p.m. So this means that to start your weekend off right, get some laughs from the play and then you can fill the rest of the night with parties, movies and maybe even a donut run while you still can.
The audience fell in love, and maybe was even a bit annoyed at times, with Justine Tom, the head news anchor played by junior Meredith Cave. She is a complete professional on camera, but off-air she is just really…spacey. The “stage manager,” played by Becca Cason, is always having to put up with her irrelevant comments and compares one’s brain to that of a gerbil. Cave’s hair started out with one Bump-It, but it will not stop there. “We are going to keep adding Bump-Its to my hair each night of the show. Who knows how big it will be by Sunday?” Meredith said.
If enormous hair isn’t enough motivation for you to come and see the show, then I encourage you to buy a ticket just to experience the improvisation of junior Evan Harrell. He does not appear very many times in the show, but when he does he receives the most laughter out of the whole 40 minutes of the play. Things to look for: his role as a Christmas caroler in “Santa Baby” and the elf who gets his house rebuilt in “Extreme Home Makeover: North Pole Style.”
While this play may seem like all fun and games, it is really a satire of Christmas and holiday culture as we know it. All over the news and various television specials, reporters, doctors and theologists express their opinions on Santa Claus, always revealing a glimmer of hope that the jolly old man really does exist. They show us the “Santa radar” on Christmas Eve, tracking his constant location throughout the night. In the play, Channel 10 News attempted to do the same thing, only to find that no one lives on the North Pole, the whole traveling the world in one night is not scientifically possible and Santa breaking into little girls’ and boys’ houses at night is verging on creepy.
Needless to say, the show was not meant to have children in the audience. It is more for adults to joke about the things that our culture does, and to get into the spirit of Christmas through a few good laughs.
Georgetown students suggest must-see movies for the holidaysBy CAITLIN KNOX Copy Editor
A long winter break is looming, and you are faced with the question: “What should I do with all this downtime?” With no classes or social life to worry about, what could be better than curling up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and catching up on classic Christmas movies? Maybe you have seen them 50 times already, or maybe you are just now discovering a new classic that you will want to watch every Christmas. I asked Georgetown students what some of their favorite Christmas movies were, and here is the list I came up with, ranked most popular to least:
1. “A Christmas Story”
3. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
4. “The Santa Clause”
5. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
6. “Home Alone”
7. “It’s a Wonderful Life”
8. “Polar Express”
9. “A Charlie Brown Christ mas”
10. “Miracle on 34th Street”
Although this doesn’t cover half of the movies that you must see over break, these films are probably the most quoted during the Christmas season. For example, “You’ll shoot your eye out”; “SANTAA!!! I know him!!”; “I don’t know what to say, except it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery”; “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings”; and “Ugh! I’ve been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!” These are all moments we remember from the movies above.
So if any of you have never seen these top 10, break out your Snuggie and remote and start watching these classics. You will have immediate revelations from past conversations (the part where everyone was laughing except you) when friends have quoted these movies. For some people, the little Christmas cartoons are a given around the holiday season. I recently watched a few like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” My friends and I realized that the older you get, the weirder these cartoons seem. Some scenes were a bit trippy, something I didn’t notice when I was younger, so it was interesting to go back and watch them. All of these cartoons are fairly short, so they are funny to watch when you don’t have time for a whole movie. Other children’s movies worth watching include the new cartoon “Prep and Landing,” the older “Muppet’s Christmas Carol” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Old black-and-white films are fun too. Although my grandpa refuses to watch anything without color (he had to live without color TV long enough), I still like traditional movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” “White Christmas” is another great movie—you can’t go wrong with Bing Crosby. His version of the song “White Christmas” is still the one that gets played on the radio most often. “Holiday Inn” is a fun movie with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, and the dance scenes are unbelievable. “Christmas in Connecticut” is a sweet romantic comedy that you can catch on movie channels like AMC.
While I was asking around, I discovered a few new movies to add to my list over break. One movie that came up a few times was “Jingle All the Way” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad. Some people loved it, others thought it was dumb but enjoyed laughing at Schwarzenegger’s accent. Quite a few men insist that “Die Hard” is their favorite. “It takes place on Christmas. It’s a Christmas movie,” sohopmore Jonathan Balmer argued. “It’s THE Christmas movie. Bruce Willis, guns, explosions…” another male student explained to me. Other movies included “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” (I thought it was just a song) and “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” “The Holiday” starring Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Kate Winslet was also recommended, and you can’t go wrong with Jack Black. If I have missed must-see Christmas movies, please notify me before we leave for break. I would love to add some to my list. In the meantime, I hope I have given you at least one tool to fight boredom over this Christmas holiday.