A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
If you missed Stephen Colbert’s irresistible holiday comedy special when it aired in November, fret not. The wry parodist of all things conservative joins pals Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart in this musical soon-to-be classic offering more holiday truthiness than your Aunt Martha after three cups of eggnog. But it’s not all fun and reindeer games: a portion of the proceeds from DVD sales benefits Feed America. Comedy Central (www.comedycentral.com). —Preview: Nancy Ford
Sure, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes. But for a group of mismatched friends who have traditionally spent the holiday together for eight tension-filled years, “most wonderful” is a fluid term. Think The Big Chill, only queerer and darker. Ariztical (www.ariztical.com). —Preview: N.F.
In the Company of Strangers
A big winner of several indie festival awards (including Best Dramatic Feature Film at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival), this film finds Brian Nowicki (Ben Perry) arrested for participating in a gay-bashing crime. Sentenced to 600 hours of community service at an AIDS hospice, Brian learns a truth even stronger than the atmosphere of prejudice he grew up in. 2001. Directed by Tom Hofbauer. Behind the Lines Productions (www.inthecompanyofstrangers.com). —Preview: N.F.
When a darkly ambitious Madrid realtor (Pablo Puyol) takes gentrification into his own hands and the elderly residents of an up-and-coming gayborhood begin turning up dead, bears Rey and Leo (Carlos Fuentes and Pepón Nieto, respectively) come to the rescue! Loosely based on the Spanish comic book with the same name. Creepy premise, funny execution. 2007. Directed by Juan Flahn. Spanish with English subtitles. TLA Releasing (www.tlavideo.com). —Preview: N.F.
Lil’ Bush: Resident of the United States, Season Two
W’s eight-year reign of terror has finally expired, leaving us nothing but the scars. This raucous, too-brief animated series with cronies Lil’ Condi, Lil’ Rummy, Lil’ Cheney, and the whole gang reminds us what we’ve survived. Comedy Central (www.comedycentral.com). —Preview: N.F.
The Sarah Silverman Program, Season Two, Volume One (Uncensored)
How can someone who looks so precious be so profane? With her Emmy for “I’m F–king Matt Damon” firmly in hand, the irreverent yet adorable comedian dates God, joins an anti-abortion group, gets intimate with her dog, and more in this not-for-the-easily-offended collection. Comedy Central Home Entertainment (www.comedycentral.com). —Preview: N.F.
Vickie Shaw: You Can Take the Girl Out of Texas…
The southern comedienne presents her take on life as a lesbian dealing with relationships, her kids, menopause, and her partner “Sergeant Patch.” Andrea Meyerson, producer of the multiple Laughing Matters gay standup documentaries, directs. December 9. Ariztical Entertainment (www.ariztical.com).