The 22 Minutes Holiday Special makes mincemeat of traditions

From a media release:

Holiday shopping got you down? Sick of cheesy decorations and annoying Christmas carols? We’ll take your mind off that on Dec. 8 with The 22 Minutes Holiday Special.

In Holiday Yoga, fan favourite the Yoga Lady (Cathy Jones) muses rather angrily about gifts, family, weight gain and expenses.

In Holiday Tips from The Chief, Susan Kent returns as the cynical gunslinger; while in Last-Minute Shopper, Mark Critch and Shaun Majumder are desperate shoppers whose “mortal enemy is the elderly lotto enthusiast whose sole purpose is time suckage.”

The 22 Minutes Holiday Special also features the ever-popular Mrs. Enid, Hipster Chef, and Agnes from Newfoundland, along with hilarious newbies including Method Santa, Crazy Jeff the Weatherman, and Heroes of the Holidays. In No Room at the Inn, the Nativity story gets a surprisingly fresh re-make, with Joseph, Mary and the three Wise Men comparing travel and accommodations.

The hour-long television event even reveals … the return of the Quinlan Quints, with special guest Mary Walsh. With holiday greetings from 15 mayors across Canada – from Fredericton to Toronto to Calgary and Whitehorse – the holiday special airs Dec. 8 at 8:00 p.m. / 8:30 p.m. NT on CBC Television.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes, now in its 23rd season, continues its provocative satire, targeting politics, culture and world events. It remains one of Canada’s best-known and top-rated comedy shows. It has won numerous awards, including most recently four 2015 Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best TV Show (Season 22). In addition, it was recently announced that 22 Minutes will be honoured with the Academy Icon Award, to be presented during the Canadian Screen Awards in March.

The cast will be seen next on Dec. 31, with 22 Minutes Counts Down to Midnight, a New Year’s Eve special on CBC-TV. A highlights show airs Jan. 5, 2016, with regular episodes resuming on Jan. 12.