The Comedy Holiday Album is this year’s gift that keeps giving.
A killer crew of New York’s next great wave of comedians got together at NYC’s Creek and the Cave last month to record a new kind of live holiday album. Martin Urbano, Casey James Salengo, Chanel Ali, Matthew Broussard, Erin Judge, Mike Recine, Kenice Mobley, Dina Hashem, Myq Kaplan, Rob Haze, Pat Brown, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and Samantha Ruddy are all featured on the album- which is a sort of answer to music’s holiday albums. The comedians all perform their best material about Christmas, Hanukkah, winter, New Year’s Eve – any seasonally-themed topic was fair game.
The show was conceived, produced and hosted by Brooklyn’s own Samantha Ruddy, who is was recently named one of Brooklyn’s Funniest. “Growing up, I loved listening to comedy albums. I think my first one was Mitch Hedberg. I wore it out,” says Ruddy, who was recently named one of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People by Brooklyn Magazine. “And my mom is a big Christmas person. She would play Elvis’s Christmas album on repeat throughout the holidays.” Ruddy thought it would be fun to combine the two genres – standup and holiday albums – in one live recording. “There are plenty of funny holiday songs out there, but very few standup recordings about this time of year. I wanted to change that.” She added, “The album feels warm and fuzzy, but it also it has an edge to it, which I like. I gave the comics complete control over their content, which means you and your family can gather around the fire and listen to a track called ‘Ball Gag Christmas.'”
Ruddy teamed up with LA-based ASpecialThing Records to release the recording, just in time for the holidays.
“The Comedy Holiday Album” is out Tomorrow, December 22. It’s available for pre-order on iTunes here.
Oh and by the way, all proceeds from streams and downloads will benefit the ACLU. So not only are you buying your friends the gift of comedy, and gifting them a very impressive chance to be ‘in the know’ about how are the next big young comics, and making a donation in their name. Hooray!