Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, This Is Spinal Tap, NPR’s Le Show) and his wife, the Welsh chanteuse Judith Owen, bring their holiday sing-along to Chicago in December. In anticipation, we asked the comic to name a few of his—and his alter egos’—favorite holiday hits and most reviled misses. 


"’Little Drummer Boy,’ because of its almost brainwashing-style repetitiveness. I keep wishing they’d take it to the bridge, but there isn’t one."

• "And there’s that one by Alvin and the Chipmunks. I can’t even bear to recall the title. A visit to a mall with that playing on the PA—now, that’s my idea of what not to do at holiday time."  



"’I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ fits into that category of World War II songs that I can’t help finding genuinely poignant."

• "I love ‘We Three Kings’ for its musicality and its minor-to-major transition, and, of course, Mel Tormé’s ‘The Christmas Song’ for its remarkable changes."

• Mr. Burns’s favorite holiday song: "Any song with ‘King’ or ‘Lord’ in its lyrics, because he thinks it’s about him."

• Ned Flanders’s favorite holiday song: "’O Come, All Ye Faithful’ because it’s one of the few invitations he receives."

• Spinal Tap’s only Christmas hit: "’Christmas with the Devil’"


Dec 11 at 8. $40. SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-492-8860.

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