Song of the Day #1,265: ‘Teach Me How to Understand Christmas’ – Alison Brie

NBC’s Community has rapidly become one of my very favorite TV shows — right when the network decided to shelve it indefinitely.

Community is ostensibly about a group of seven wacky community college students in a study group, but it’s really a vehicle for brilliant pop culture satire. The show has lovingly parodied everything from Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction to My Dinner With Andre and the films of Charlie Kaufman.

Last year’s Christmas episode was filmed entirely in stop-motion animation, in the style of the classic Rudolph special, and managed to be both hilarious and touching. This year, the show set its sights on Glee.

The Greendale Community College Glee Club is out of commission and their director (“a perfect blend of Hanson and Manson”) turns to the study group as replacements. He flips one of them to the Dark Side, Body Snatchers-style, and they fall like dominoes after that, each succumbing to the power of song (and obsessing over “regionals!”).

In this scene, bright-eyed overachiever Annie (Alison Brie) seduces cynical Jeff (Joel McHale) by donning a skimpy Santa get-up and doing a dumb-is-sexy routine that gets more dumb and less sexy as it goes on.

Teach me how to understand Christmas
Show me how to open a box
It hurts my little head
When I’m lying in my bed
With visions of sugarplum socks?Teach me how to understand Christmas
Do I trim the tree or the deer?
I can’t keep it straight
And now it’s getting late
Where does the stocking go? Here?

What’s a Christmas Eve? Is that Santa’s lady?
Are snowmen cold or hot?
Won’t you be my daddy
I’m a silly Christmas baby
Tell me what to deck ‘cuz … hehe … I forgot

Bwian huwty undewstandy Cwistmas
Mistletoe for eatie taste good?
You smawty, me dumb
Help pwetty have fun!
Boopy doopy doop boop sex

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,265: ‘Teach Me How to Understand Christmas’ – Alison Brie

  1. Dana says:

    Cute parody. This may be a bit of a stretch for song of the day though:)

  2. Amy says:

    That was a funny “bit,” but I don’t see it as a parody of Glee. It’s difficult to parody a show that layers parody into itself. When you have a Sue Sylvester calling for the Asian and the other Asian in one of the very first episodes, you know that the show intends to make fun of some of the conventions it will simultaneously hold most dear (such as having a diverse cast).

    Still, a funny scene. And it’s good that you got to enjoy the series while it lasted. Perhaps Community will become your The Class 😉

  3. Clay says:

    I disagree that you can’t parody a show that is already self-aware. This clip itself isn’t a parody of anything in Glee (it’s a parody of this sort of dumb-is-sexy routine we’ve seen in many places over the year) but the structure of the episode overall nods to Glee.

  4. Dana says:

    I think it is harder to parody a show that is self-aware, though it can be done. I have, for example, seen parodies of Seinfeld, and it is hard to imagine a more self-aware show than that. On the other hand, would a parody of SNL or Daily Show work? I doubt it.

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