Advent Calendar House
By Mike Westfall
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A salute to all holiday specials, but mostly the Christmas ones. Every December, host Mike Westfall and friends discuss their favorite Christmas and holiday TV specials and commercials.
||ExplicitThe Muppets Valentine Show||An early Muppet Show pilot from 1974 that misinformed me about where babies come from. Guests: Brian Arnold, Joey O.||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristmas Eve on Sesame Street||Big Bird worries Santa’s unfit for skinny little chimneys, and Mr. Hooper spends Hanukkah saving Christmas. Guests: Erin Evans, Joey O.||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitALF’s Special Christmas||A big bowl of sad with a side of poached cat. Guest: Jeff Somogyi.||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: We Wish You a Turtle Christmas||A direct-to-video special so low-quality, it happens in a sewer. Guests: Shawn Robare, Jonathan Zelenak.||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special||Lots of screaming, lots of fruitcake, and lots more screaming! Guests: Erin Evans, Lindy Kempe, Joey O.||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas||Disney’s Fab Five (and Daisy, who’s somehow less important than the dog) enter the 3rd dimension. Guests: Drew Crowley, John Dedeke.||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMickey’s Once Upon a Christmas||Live from the Turducken Hunger Games. Guests: Drew Crowley, John Dedeke.||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHe-Man/She-Ra: A Christmas Special||Fights are fun! I like fights! Guests: Brandon Medley, Chad Young.||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Pinky and the Brain Christmas||Probably the closest the Brain ever got to taking over the world, if only his heart hadn’t grown 3 sizes. Guests: Joey Letson, Joey O.||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEmmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas||Pa would’ve loved this podcast about the 1977 Jim Henson Christmas special. Guest: Emily Rowley.||12/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSaved by the Bell: Home for Christmas||Zack gets shook upon learning the latest girl of his dreams is homeless. Guests: Chad Young, Tom Coombs.||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBatman, the Animated Series: Christmas with the Joker||We trace the origins of Jingle Bells, Batman Smells in an episode nobody wanted to see, but everyone will hear. Guests: Jay Amabile, Joey O.||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Small One||Part 2 of our Christmas donkey double feature takes a deep dive into Disney’s 1978 short film. Guests: Lindy Kempe, Brandon Medley.||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey||Extend your ears as we revisit a lesser-known Rankin/Bass special from 1977. Guests: Lindy Kempe, Brandon Medley.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJingle Bell Rap||We dig down like dogs to the bottom of the bargain bin to recover an overlooked special from 1991. Guest: Chad Young.||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMcDonald’s Holiday Commercials||Lace up your ice skates for a look at 3 merry messages starring 3 iterations of Ronald McDonald. Guest: Joey O.||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristmas at Walt Disney World (1978)||It’s mime time at the Most Magical Place on Earth! Guests: Drew Crowley, John Dedeke.||12/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJohn Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together||Peace on Earth and good will to men, dogs, frogs, bears, chickens, and Miss Piggy. Guests: Bill Hanstock, Carlin Trammel.||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration||The California Raisins make a sleigh out of a dumpster and fly it into space. Guests: Erin Evans, Joey O., Emily Rowley.||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Garfield Christmas Special||“Whoever invented Christmas trees should be drug out into the street and shot.” —A cartoon for children. Guest: Jeff Somogyi.||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Life and Adventures of Santa Claus||From the author of The Wizard of Oz comes the craziest Santa origin story ever. Guests: Paxton Holley, Brandon Medley.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLamb Chop’s Special Chanukah||Some sock puppets teach Pat Morita and Alan Thicke about Hanukkah. Guest: Sarah Shay.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean’Twas the Night Before Christmas||The one with the mouse. Turn back the clock till it goes kerplooey for a look at Rankin/Bass’s 1974 Christmas classic. Guest: Joey O.||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Star Wars Holiday Special||The farthest point from the bright center of the Star Wars universe. Guest: Liz Twachtman.||12/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow the Grinch Stole Christmas||3 guys named Mike review 3 Grinches, from 1966, 2000, and 2018. Guests: Michael DiGiovanni, Michael May.||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChristmas Podcast Network Crossover / Season 2 Teaser||The members of the all-new Christmas Podcast Network share Christmas music traditions, plus commercials teasing Season 2, starting Dec. 1, 2018!||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWitch’s Night Out||A fondly remembered, then forgotten, then re-remembered Halloween special turns 40. Guest: Chad Young.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Adventures of the American Rabbit||Chad Young from the Horror Movie BBQ drops in for a star-spangled surprise look at 1986’s The Adventures of the American Rabbit, starring the voices of Donatello, Baby Piggy, and King Triton.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe First Easter Rabbit||Surprise bonus episode! Mike and returning guest Brandon Medley discuss the 1976 Rankin/Bass special, “The First Easter Rabbit,” starring Burl Ives, Robert Morse, and Paul Frees.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Christmas Carol Cast Draft||In the season finale, the Advent Calendar is haunted by 3 spirited guests — Joey O., Sue London, and Jonathan MacFarlane — as we each draft our own casts of “A Christmas Carol” from a pool of characters from Christmas past.||12/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPennsylvania Lottery Christmas Commercial||Joey O. is back in the Advent Calendar House with one of his favorite Christmas commercials: A Pennsylvania Lottery take on the Twelve Days of Christmas that had a whole commonwealth singing “FIVE CASH FIVES” for decades.||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Rugrats Chanukah||It’s our first annual Hanukkah episode featuring guest Sarah Shay! We follow the Rugrats on their mission to stop the “Meanie of Chanukah” and make him take a nap, counting all the Yiddish words and misspoken “babyisms” along the way.||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFruity Pebbles Christmas Commercial||Ho-ho-ho, I’m hu-hu-hungry! Joey O. returns for a look at Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles commercials of Christmas past for the answer the burning question: How do cavemen know about Christmas?||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gift of Winter||Chad Young of the Horror Movie BBQ drops by for a rare look at a 1974 Canadian Christmas special which introduces the color characters better-known from its Halloween sequel, Witch’s Night Out.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHoney Nut Cheerios Scrooge Commercial||In a Christmas commercial mini-episode, Joey O. of Y-Not Radio stops by to celebrate one of our favorite portrayals of Scrooge, whose icy heart is thawed by the taste of golden honey and crunchy nuts.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Muppet Family Christmas||To mark the 30th anniversary of “A Muppet Family Christmas,” Carlin Trammel from the Nerd Lunch Podcast drops by as we try to get a head count of how many Muppets can fit inside one farmhouse.||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrosty the Snowman||Happy birthday! In our pilot episode, guest Brandon Medley airs his grievances against the 1969 Rankin/Bass classic “Frosty the Snowman.” Plus, find out how to easily escape a locked greenhouse, and when your trash stops legally belonging to you.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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Watch out for the icy patch.
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