Dallas — There’s no two ways around it, December is stressful. Wouldn’t it be great to shake a snow globe and be transported to another world? That’s exactly what Dallas Comedy House has on tap this month with How Santa Got His Groove Back, which plays Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 23.
“It’s a funny, silly show, which is exactly what some of us need right now,” says director Ashley Bright. “When we set out to create a new sketch show for the holiday season, we wanted to make something filled with joy, magic and laughter. The real world has been heavy this year and we’ve got a show that makes people feel a little lighter.”
After a small dust-up with the Mrs. and she decides to go to her parents’ place in Florida for awhile, Santa is left to shake his own snow globe, which transports him to various scenes of Noel. He watches a serious game of spoons go down with an overly serious grandma playing with the vehemence of someone looking to take an eye out with that thing.
Then old St. Nick listens in on an NPR holiday-themed show called Christmas Unwrapped that takes a closer look at some of the peculiar lyrics of many of our most-beloved holiday songs. As the hosts offer more-than-a-few convoluted takes on the potential underlying meanings within the ditties, callers attempt to set them straight to little or no avail.
A recurring bit about a gathering thrown by super-duper party planner Patty is full of laughs and gag gifts as well as a few questionable choices by our host and her guests alike.
Santa also stumbles upon some Christmas mall walkers—including a familiar face who may be trying to walk away from her problems—and some animal rights protesters who seemed a bit confused.
The second act transitions from the familiar holiday colors of red and green into a more bluer hue with a handful of titty jokes, further enhanced by a special guest appearance from a well-endowed country music icon who’s become a bit of Christmas tradition the past few years her own self. Go figure.
Anyway, The Smokey Mountain Songbird arrives after one of Santa’s elves hits the emergency button because Kris Kringle ain’t around, and it is rapidly approaching midnight on Dec. 24. Our busty hero wittily reminds the elves of all the help they have around the globe.
There’s another funny scene in which a precocious little girl put her parents on trial before a jury of her dolls, questioning the reality of Santa and wondering exactly where all the presents come from. A decision isn’t fully rendered.
The funniest bit of the show may well be when one man confuses his special lady friend’s request for a pair of Louboutin shoes with more than a few items that are kinda homophones for the designer shoes with the red soles—and kinda not.