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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Christmas in July 2019: Dominic Caruso

Christmas in July 2019: Dominic Caruso of 1701 Press

1. What is your favorite Saturday Night Live Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year's Sketch?

It's a toss up between Steve Martin's "Christmas Wish" and "Desert Island Christmas" featuring Paul Simon marooned with Victoria Jackson (who just happens to know how to create incredible Christmas gifts--like a multifunction wristwatch--from scratch, using only natural resources found on the island).

2. Do you most look forward to watching holiday episodes from series? Specials? Movies? Animation? or, all of it?

I have my favorites, but I like being surrounded by all of it and feeling as though Thanksgiving through New Year's is one big party. That's the vibe I like, anyway.

3. What's your favorite soundtrack from a holiday program? (it doesn't have to have been officially released as an album--just what program features your favorite collection of music?) 

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. I mean, come on.

4. What one program are you patiently (or impatiently) waiting for me to review on this blog?

I don't know. I do enjoy weird things & you've covered many. Is Christopher Walken in anything Christmas-themed?

5. What change in Christmas entertainment have you noticed over the years? Do you like the trend?

There's a lot more of it, I think. The music in Christmas entertainment is getting more diverse and better, too. Even workaday productions often include some cool Christmas deep cut, or a special recording/performance by one of the actors, which is always fun to discover. So, I like the trend.


  1. Funny clip from SNL. I had forgotten about it. And since you mentioned Christopher Walken, didn't he host a Christmas episode of SNL? I have a vague memory of a funny Holiday song/dance he did.

  2. Christopher Walken is in Batman Returns, which has some scenes at Christmas.