ALF’s Special Christmas

Day 23: Remember ALF? He’s back, in podcast form. From 1987, “ALF’s Special Christmas” is the single most depressing Christmas special starring a wisecracking alien puppet of all time.

Content Warning: In this Christmas special, the goofy alien with the jokes meets a terminally ill child and a man contemplating suicide.

On This Episode

  1. Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), an ugly little funny-looking thing.
  2. Jeff Somogyi (@sommerjam) of Talkin’ Chopp and Nerd Lunch’s Down the Rabbit Hole.

Topics and Tangents

  1. The heartbreaking true story behind “ALF’s Special Christmas.”
  2. A study in human ignorance: Gordon Shumway has a name, which he’s told everyone, yet everyone still calls him HEY ALIEN!
  3. A study in willful alien ignorance: ALF opens everyone else’s Christmas gifts and succeeds in convincing me it’s because he doesn’t know how any of this works.
  4. Talking ALF: The Storytelling Alien, which a childhood friend of mine used as her answering machine message.
  5. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

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