You can’t spell “xmas” without “tv”


We have very few holiday traditions in our household. Neither Jonno nor I are religious, nor are we especially sentimental (though we both have our moments, I promise). However, there are a couple of things we do each December to evoke the xmas cheer — namely, watch our two favorite holiday TV shows. The first is the classic Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, and the other is the slightly more obscure but possibly more fabulous Mrs. Mouth Christmas spectacular.

For those unfamiliar with the lovely Eva Moskowitz (aka Mrs. Mouth), she was a fixture on New York’s public access channels in the late 1980s and into the 1990s. Wrapped in furs and wigs and low-rent frippery, Mrs. Mouth was notorious for making exceptionally good prank calls, eating terrible snacks (e.g. raw eggs, raw cow’s tongue), and for encouraging viewers to run to the window, throw open the sash, and yell into the night air, “I LOVE MRS. MOUTH!” It was a little like Romper Room for the drug-addled set. Count me in.

Anyway, the Playhouse special is easy to find, so I’ve just posted the first clip below. (If you’re into it, you can go on to watch the second, third, fourth, and fifth bits.) Unfortunately, the Mrs. Mouth holiday show that we like isn’t on YouTube (yet), but Jonno found one that gives a hint at her flavor. If that’s your thing, there are plenty of her non-holiday clips to enjoy. Don’t say I never gave you anything…

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