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The 9 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes to Watch on Turkey Day

Celebrate thanksgiving by hiding from your family and watching these fictional families enjoy turkey day!

Celebrating Thanksgiving usually entails a day of eating, answering uncomfortable questions from your family about your career and romantic life, hearing about your grandma's bunion surgery, and, if you're lucky, a well-earned doze in front of the TV. This year, given the social distancing guidelines, you may bypass the family time and go straight to the couch.

Regardless of your plans for Turkey Day, when that second helping of turkey starts to settle in your belly and your eyelids start to feel heavy, it's time to shove your cousin (or cat) over on the couch, settle in, and turn on one of these classic Thanksgiving-themed episodes.


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Weird Al Vs. Borat: The True Political Showdown of Our Era

Forget about Trump Vs. Biden, these cultural juggernauts are facing off in the political battle that will define 2020.

Perhaps once in a generation, a moment comes along when a choice between two individuals is poised to reverberate through time, shaping the political landscape for decades to come.

Talented communicators who know how to energize their passionate followers, these towering intellectual giants know that they must eventually face off, head-to-head, in a terrifying battle for the fate of the world. Nonetheless, they maintain their dignified stances—barely acknowledging one another as they perform feats of persuasion that leave casual observers in awe.

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F*** Yeah It's Summer. LISTEN NOW!

Improv Group On The Spot Just Dropped the Raunchiest, Craziest, and BEST Song of the Summer You Will EVER Hear

On the Spot


It's loud, it's proud, it's the NSFW song of the summer you've been waiting for...

On The Spot, an NYC-based improv troupe, has come up with this Lonely Island style summer anthem, and it is something special. Featuring gratuitous language, ridiculous rhymes, killer breakdowns, and an over-the-top embrace of all things Summery, it is both unstoppably hilarious, and just a damn fine party jam. "The song was born from a full cast rehearsal which was guest run by the amazing Rachel Rosenthal," says On The Spot director Patrick Reidy, "She encouraged us to create choruses that were as dumb and simple as possible." The rest is all on the screen.

The video features the On The Spot team jamming out on Coney Island beach in a variety of increasingly gratuitous scenes to increasingly gratuitous lyrics. The bar is set high by Andrew Whitbeck chanting the opening chorus, "F*** yeah it's summer, got my T-shirt on, and I'm going to the pool, and I wanna get it on," which immediately sets this party to eleven, and won't ever let it come down. First up is Pat Reidy rapping on the boardwalk, shirt blowing in the breeze, chest tattoo out and proud, telling wintertime it can go do something you can't bring up at your grandmother's birthday.

At the beach with raunchy lyrics

This is followed up by Chris Catalano making a Harry Potter innuendo you will never be able to un-hear. Then Andrew Del Vecchio jumps in on unnecessary acoustic guitar, and performs what may be the most lit version of "Wonderwall" ever. La Dynasty shows up and drops some of the filthiest fire since Fresh Kills was the subject of an arson attack. Hot on the heels of that is Nathan Armstrong breaking it down in seductive Boyz II Men fashion (and also dumping you because it's summer). The chorus then comes back in, and just when you think it can't get any more insane, Thomas Burns Scully emerges from the ocean, Jason Momoa style, and rips in to a solo. The chorus repeats forever as awkward white men and gorgeous women dance on the sand until the end of time.

Summer just got a little crazier

If you have ever listened to The Lonely Island and felt great about your life, then this track is for you. If you like over-mixed, over-autotuned, Pitbull style, takes-itself-way-too-seriously club anthems, then this track is for you. If you used to sit in your room and play Weird Al on repeat, then this track is for you. If you like smartly written (but hugely raunchy) lyrics about the middle three months of the year, then this track is for you. Watch the video multiple times and you will pick up new details each time. It's that good.

Your summer single

On The Spot isn't normally an unstoppable party juggernaut though. While they definitely do know how to pump up the jam and worship the gods of summer, their regular grind is creating improvised musicals every Monday night at the Broadway Comedy Club. Their show has been critically lauded over and over again, and has attracted guest stars from the heights of Broadway. If you liked this video, you will love this show. Go see it.

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A Christmas playlist for the nihilists and weirdos in your life!

It's Christmas! That means it's time to alienate your friends, and make your children feel weird and disaffected! Right?

The holiday season is upon us!

It's Christmas! Time to start breaking out those old Christmas albums. Put on some Bing Crosby, some Mariah Carey, maybe even a little John and Yoko… if you're a normie that is. Who needs that kitschy, sentimental junk? For this Christmas, let's get weird. Here are thirteen songs for people whose relationship to the holiday season is… unconventional. Enjoy!


"Please Come to My Christmas Party" - Koo Koo Kangaroo

Are Koo Koo Kangaroo brilliantly weird, or weirdly brilliant? Who cares, their combination of corny but catchy beats, and so-lame-they're-awesome lyrics is deviously brilliant. In this song they invite you (in the guise of a quirky neighbor) to their Christmas party, make a bunch of weird requests of you, and promise a great time. This is a soft start to the list, we're about to get extra strange…

Check out Koo Koo Kangaroo!


"Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire" - Bob Rivers

Do you hate Alvin and the Chipmunks? Yeah, me too. Do you wish there was a Christmas song about them being killed and then fed to Santa sung in the style of Nat King Cole? You're in luck! Bob Rivers recorded this nihilistic ditty about killing the squeaky voiced rodents in 2000. It features Alvin (well, in this rights-free edition he's called Melvin) and co being cooked and eaten to the tune of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. This is a great one for making the children question the meaning of the season.

Check out Bob Rivers!


"Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)" - The Darkness

Nothing says Christmas like glam rock and a song title that references a British euphemism for penis! The Darkness are the officially endorsed heirs to 70s rock, you probably know them for I Believe in a Thing Called Love, but this is one of (a couple of) Christmas tunes that they have recorded in their time. It's a little generic once you get past its titter-worthy title, but it's still great fun! Get a chorus of children singing this and wonder what life choices led you to this point!

Check out The Darkness!


"Christmas Eve Eve" - Paul and Storm

Do you love December 23rd? If your answer is "I don't know, I'm kind of indifferent", then you'd be on the same page as most people. Except professors Paul and Storm! Originally off of Do You Like Star Wars? and later featured on their Christmas album It Might be Xmas, this song sings the praises of that weird not-quite-holiday. It's quirky, silly, and completely pointless. Listen to it now.

Check out Paul and Storm!


"I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek" - The Go Go's

For fans of Doctor Who, this is a bizarre must have. The Go Go's are a band that released very little in their time. Hailing from Newcastle, this was their only hit. Hugely popular during the Dalekmania that swept the UK in the 1960s, it quickly disappeared in to the woodwork, only to resurface in 2000 on the CD Who's Doctor Who? It's not a great song, the riff is reminiscent of the Peter Gunn TV theme, the singing is the weird 1960s lisping of grown women pretending to be children, the Dalek voice is so-so… but damn it all, you try and find anything else quite like this for a Christmas album. It's not like Star Wars ever had a Christmas song…


Sleigh Ride - C3PO & R2D2

That's a lie, they totally did. They actually have a couple thanks to the infamous Holiday Special. Want some more Star Wars in your Christmas? Gotcha covered, here is C-3PO teaching R2-D2 how to sing a Christmas tune. You didn't know you needed it (and you probably don't), but here it is in all its ridiculous glory. Enjoy, and here's wishing all our Wookie readers a happy Life Day!


"Space Christmas" - Shonen Knife

Staying in outer-space, here's something that's just flat out weird. Apparently once called Kurt Cobain's favorite band (they toured with Nirvana back in the day), Shonen Knife rock the jingles off of this non-carol. It's about getting a spaceship for Christmas, going to Pluto, and Santa riding in a bison sleigh. You know… normal Christmas stuff.

Check out Shonen Knife!


"All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit" - Half Man Half Biscuit

Now for something more melancholy. This post-punk ode to the disappointing toys and bad friends of childhood is probably the least Christmassy of all the songs on this list, but it's still definitely worth a listen. Wistful, disaffected, and hinting at undercurrents of British class warfare, this is sure to get people thinking about socialism at the annual office party!

Check out Half Man Half Biscuit!


"Ho Ho F*cking Ho" - Kevin Bloody Wilson

Yeah, this one's NSFW. It's barely suitable for home. Ladled to the brim with profanity at a level only Australians are capable of, Kevin Bloody Wilson tears Christmas a new one in this song all about reindeer and assorted friends quitting their jobs. Don't play this one for your kids, but put it on in the car after a particularly stressful bout of Christmas shopping, and have a nice cathartic experience.

Check out Kevin Bloody Wilson!


"The Night Santa Went Crazy" - Weird Al Yankovic

You bet there's Weird Al on this list! The king of musical parody has this rocking original tune for y'all to celebrate Christmas with. It's about Santa getting drunk, going nuts, and slaughtering everyone at the North Pole, save a few survivors. This one is violent, no question, but it's mostly cartoony violence, so you can play it for your slightly older kids. Another one for when you need to blow off some holiday steam!

Check out Weird Al!


"Funky Funky Christmas" - New Kids on the Block

Hey, remember how the 90s were sometimes total garbage? No? Well, then listen to this and refresh your memory. New Kids on the Block, the kings of severely dated white-person dance-rap-pop, present this ridiculously tacky, stupendously pre-millennium Yuletide hip-hop. Put it on when you want people to either dance ironically, or throw up and leave your party. Both are distinct possibilities.

Check out New Kids on the Block!


"Deck the Halls With Pepperoni" - The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Who asked for this? I mean who? Who signed off on this? I mean, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Christmas Musical itself I can kind of understand from a money-grubbing, cash-in, the-kids'll-buy-it, mentality… but who heard the words "pizza-themed, reggae cover of 'Deck The Halls'" and said "This needs to happen. Spend money on this"? Only a mad man. This is a good one for 1am on Christmas Day when you're drunk and ready to show your family something strange on YouTube. Enjoy with as much cynicism as possible.

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"Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me" - The Goodies

If 2017 were a Christmas Carol, this is what it what would be. A creepy as sin song about Father Christmas making inappropriate suggestions, being rebuffed, and yet still persisting. Performed by British comedy gods The Goodies, and released as a B-Side to their hit single The Inbetweenies, you will likely feel INCREDIBLY UNCOMFORTABLE when this comes on. Play it during your next game of Cards Against Humanity, it will go down a storm.

Check out The Goodies!

Merry Christmas, and god bless us, everyone!


Thomas Burns Scully is a PopDust contributor, and also an award-winning actor, playwright, and musician. In his spare time he writes and designs escape rooms. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


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Beyoncé's self-titled visual album released on digital music distributors late last year without any kind of promotion or announcement. That wasn't the only thing Queen B offered her fans, she also included a music video for every single track on the album. Wowza! If you're an artist planning to make a move like that, you're pulling a 'Beyoncé.'

Artists like Mariah Carey have been criticized of following in Beyoncé's footsteps. However, at the time, that didn't make any sense, since she did announce that she would be releasing an album and gave fans a time frame. Eventually, she released an artwork, tracklist, title, and release date—proving that she is still MC and is not following in Bey's pathway.

As much as we would like to call it the 'Beyoncé,' Weird Al had some interesting things to say about Beyoncé in his latest interview with Hollywood Today Live. For those of you that don't know Weird Al Yankovic, he's known for his music video parodies. However, he does more than that - he's also an actor, singer, and songwriter.

Host AJ from Hollywood Today Live asked Al about his back-to-back video releases within eight days, "tell me Beyoncé was your inspiration." Al's answer might shock you, he answered, "my last album I released 12 videos in the same day—so if anything, she is inspired by Weird Al."

Now let's talk all about Al instead of Beyoncé for just a second—after all, this is his interview. Parodies can somewhat be mean and sometimes disrespectful in some eyes. Before Al gets busy, he gets an approval with the artists, "I respect the artist. I want to make sure they are okay with the parody. Nowadays it's a badge of honor. One of [my] favorite quotes is from Kurt Cobain, who said he didn't realize he had made it [in the music business] until he saw the Weird Al parody."

This isn't the last you'll see of Al, he said, "I'm not retiring. 32 years ago, I was working in a mail room for minimum wage, then they offered me a record[ing] contract and have been renewing ever since; now, I'm done and I can make singles. I like to keep topical, timely and be of the moment, so as soon as I come up with an idea I can record it and get it out there."

[Hollywood Today Live]

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Weird Al's costume designer and Photoshop team all deserve Oscars. The full version of "Perform This Way" dropped, and it's... something. "All of the fabric freaks I know probably just spontaneously combusted," said one commenter.

Not on fire yet? Maybe all the costumes are too much for you! Watch it below (or buy it; all proceeds go to the Human Rights Campaign), then read on as we catalogue every single outfit in this thing.

The Monochrome Bikini: 0:08 - 0:19; 0:58 - 1:12; 2:15 - 2:21

The black and white top and solid black bottom are inobtrusive enough not to distract from your pink egg, your marquee dance sessions, or prison!

Gaga Inspiration: "Born This Way". Alternatively, the bikinis in the "Telephone" video, as seen through Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight" black-and-white lens?

WTF Rating: 0.5/5

The Bubble Dress: 0:21 - 0:25

Sculpted bubbles: still much better than that horrific bubble-top trend last decade.

Gaga Inspiration: This Rolling Stone cover.

WTF Rating: 2.5/5

The Horsehead Pinata: 0:27 - 0:33

The perfect outfit for playing human chess with human pinatas who like snap bracelets. All one of them.

Gaga Inspiration: This ensemble, perhaps? Or maybe the whole pony motif on Born This Way.

WTF Rating: 3.5/5

The Sequined Viking Koopa: 0:35 - 0:40

It's a dress and a weapon! And you still get to work a bustier!

Gaga Inspiration: This, plus turtle spikes.

WTF Rating: 3/5

The Police-Taped Habit: 0:41 - 0:48

Lends just the right amount of disdain and Catholic outrage to peering at yourself in the newspaper.

Gaga Inspiration: The police tape, of course, plus the habit and yellow hair.

WTF Rating: 3/5/5

The Cheeseshop: 0:49 - 0:51

It's a dress and a snack, and unlike other food fashion, it's OK to eat if it's raw!

Gaga Inspiration: This outfit comes close, no?

WTF Rating: 3/5

The Gaga Made Of Bees: 0:52 - 0:57

After coating your torso in live, stinging animals, like you're a swirling vortex of bees, you'll never worry about stage fright again. (Possibly because this will kill you.)

Gaga Inspiration: A beehive is close enough, right?

WTF Rating: 4/5

Trollface: 1:13

It's a Troll Doll. We have left the Haus of Gaga, and the Haus of Full-Body Shots.

Gaga Inspiration: Troll Dolls.

WTF Rating: 1/5

Evil Queen: 1:14 - 1:15

The Evil Queen from Snow White, probably purchased from a costume store. Step it up, Al.

Gaga Inspiration: Snow White's Evil Queen.

WTF Rating: 1/5

Gelatinous Jellybean: 1:15 - 1:17

Gaga does like to distort her figure through fashion, but never quite this Mr. Potato Head.

Gaga Inspiration: These sunglasses and bullet bangs. And a jellybean.

WTF Rating: 2/5

The Juggalo Reaper: 1:17 - 1:19

Do we even need to give a description here? Just go to your local Halloween store and add face paint.

Gaga Inspiration: The Grim Reaper. (Or maybe the Mugler preview.) Thankfully, after this, Al gets back to not going entirely literal on the lyrics.

WTF Rating: 1/5

The Halter of Gold: 1:20 - 1:28

Farrah hair with rock 'n' roll red highlights, a gold cone bra and a cross: your standard Gaga potpourri of influences.

Gaga Inspiration: This gold getup, plus halter, minus shoulder gear.

WTF Rating: 2/5

The Self-Immolating Intestinal Bikini: 1:29 - 1:35

Red latex bikini? Sure, why not. Hat made of colorful eyeballs? At least it's partially red. Your intestines coming out of a bloody hole in your stomach, which you later set on CGI fire? We really hope Gaga isn't reading this.

Gaga Inspiration: Let us all be thankful that a red bikini is the closest she ever got.

WTF Rating: 5/5

The Whimsical Porcupine Hat: 1:36 - 1:43

That'd be a live porcupine singing "hey hey hey," with a fluffy cloud bikini and showgirl skirt that really aren't the point of anything.

Gaga Inspiration: She's worn a sparkly lobster before. Why not a mammal? They're the perfect spirit animal!

WTF Rating: 3.5/5

The Gyroscopic Eyelet Dress: 1:44 - 1:51

The whole cosmos shrunk to the size of an oversized headdress, with a teal shrug and eyelet boobs because why not?

Gaga Inspiration: The lobster hat again, minus the lobster, plus Katy Perry thrown in.

WTF Rating: 3.5/5

The Gold Lame Straightjacket: 1:52 - 1:58

It's a straitjacket. Made of gold lame. And a silver wig and taffy-bloody mouth for some reason.

Gaga Inspiration: The straitjacket that she wore to the airport.

WTF Rating: 3/5

The Meat-Lover's Special: 1:59 - 2:06

So there was this one time this one singer wore a meat dress to an awards show, although at least Weird Al was kind enough to get his knockoff inspected.

Gaga Inspiration: Gee, I wonder.

WTF Rating: 2/5 (you knew it would happen)

The Peacock Furry: 2:07 - 2:09

The galumphing blue, feathered Muppet that doesn't exist yet.

Gaga Inspiration: None that we know of. (None that we want to know of.)

WTF Rating: 3.5/5

Willy Wonky: 2:10 - 2:12

If Gene Wilder's character, or perhaps Tom Petty, had sunglasses and a moving train on his hat just for lols. But still no Gaga.

Gaga Inspiration: This is getting too easy.

WTF Rating: 2/5

Frankenstein's Monster: 2:13

It's... like a poster come to life? (It's also Frankenstein's monster.)

Gaga Inspiration: At least this is clearly the Boris Karloff Frankenstein's monster, but we are still out of the Haus of Gaga.

WTF Rating: 1/5

The Na-Vi: 2:14

It's... like an Avatar poster come to life? (It's also not "Avatar".)

Gaga Inspiration: Come on.

WTF Rating: 1/5

The Birthday Suit: 2:22 - 2:29

Pixellated out where you'd expect, although it's disturbing enough that this body contains Al's head.

Gaga Inspiration: We're frankly surprised there's not any obvious inspiration--or if there is, we don't want to see your search history.

WTF Rating: 2.5/5

The Violet, Tentacled Taj Mahal: 2:30 - 2:37

Sequined purple lingerie isn't regal enough without a Taj Mahal replica on your head. Then add octopus tentacles, because what this outfit clearly needs is octopus tentacles.

Gaga Inspiration: Yeah, you've still got us.

WTF Rating: 4.5/5

The Barbie Zebra Leotard: 2:38 - 2:55

Clingy, gaudy, and it's perfect for doing splits and showing off man-ass! Which Al does. At least the video ends with, ah, spectacle?

Gaga Inspiration: A less glitzy, less covered version of this.

WTF Rating: 2/5