"Mystery Science Theater 3000" used to run Thanksgiving Day marathons back when Comedy Central was more concerned with comedy than wringing the last laugh out of the 5,000th rerun of a Jeff Dunham special or treating Charlie Sheen like he is someone that anyone should care about watching a roasting of not involving an actual oven.
Ah, Comedy Central, why delay the inevitable? Just go ahead and change your name now to The Without Jon Stewart We Got Nothing Channel?
Thanksgiving is a traditionally a time for watching sweaty men in silky pants fondle each other in Dallas or Detroit. Aside from the homoerotic fantasia that is American football, nothing much occurs on television worth watching. Of course, things have gotten even worse lately: doubtlessly there will be day-long marathons of TV shows with excessively unlikable people working in pawn shops, buying storage lockers, painting five year old girls up to look like Kim Kardashian and all the various and other sundry things that take place on so-called reality shows.
Why not make Thanksgiving Day a time for laughter? Access to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 movies that made Thanksgiving in the early to mid 1990s a time when Comedy Central was as deserving of its name as the Cartoon Network used to be is easy.
Dial up YouTube on you instant streaming device and enjoy such Joel or Mike, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, Gypsy, the Mads, Professor Bobo, Pearl and Brain Guy as they skewer movies like "Prince of Space," "The Beatniks" or "I was a Teenage Werewolf."
Thanksgiving deserves to be more than a period of stuffing your gut and slogging your way through yet another meaningless football game that you won't even remember the score of by Saturday.
On the other hand, by Christmas you may still recall such Thanksgiving comedy bits as the many nicknames of Dave Ryder or the extended repetitive gag of Mike Nelson as Steve Urkel.
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