Stephen Colbert to host musical Christmas special

By | September 17, 2008 at 2:06 AM

O come, all ye Colbert faithful. Stephen Colbert will host his own Christmas special this year, Comedy Central announced Tuesday.

“A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” will air Nov. 23 as a one-hour special.

It will be a musical special featuring John Legend, Elvis Costello, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Feist – and “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, who’s slated to sing a duet with Colbert of a song simply titled “Hanukkah.” (The song Colbert is to sing with Nelson appears to be a version of “The Little Drummer Boy” – called “Little Dealer Boy.”)

Most of the special’s songs have been written by “Daily Show” executive producer David Javerbaum and Fountains of Wayne’s bassist Adam Schlesinger.

Colbert, a practicing Catholic who has taught Sunday school in the past, has repeatedly found occasion to showcase his pipes on “The Colbert Report” – including a duet of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” with Legend and a brief serenade of Michelle Obama with Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E.”

A DVD of the special will be released Nov. 25. Part of the proceeds will go to the charity Feeding America.

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