By Tom Gliatto Chris Willard Lisa Ingrassia Lesley Messer
December 01, 2008 12:00 PM

Comedy Central, Nov. 23, 10 p.m. ET |


Stephen Colbert delivers this hourlong special a bit early for the holiday season, but why grouse? Santa seldom throws anything so cheerfully demented down the chimney. Heavy on musical guests, it features Elvis Costello being mauled by a bear and Willie Nelson as a tiny shepherd in a creche. He sings a sweet little carol about marijuana.