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[11/04/09 - 12:02 PM]
Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black - Two-Hour Special Premieres on November 23 at 8pm ET/PT on History(Tm)
Also set to appear: Bob Saget, Craig Ferguson, Ron White, Joy Behar, Larry Miller, Richard Belzer, David Alan Grier, Shelley Berman, Rip Taylor, Nancy Giles and Franklyn Ajaye.

[via press release from History]

Love the holidays but hate the stress? It's funnyman Lewis Black to the rescue � with help from friends Bob Saget, Craig Ferguson, Ron White, Joy Behar, Richard Belzer, Larry Miller, Rip Taylor and many others in...

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS WITH LEWIS BLACK - Two-hour Special Premieres on November 23 at 8pm ET/PT on HISTORY�

NEW YORK, NOV. 4, 2009 � Thanksgiving ... the Festival of Lights ... Christmas Eve. Parade, shopping, family, cards, travel � and effort. Ho, ho, ho! 'Tis the season of survival. We begin a marathon of stress on Thanksgiving, and keep running till we stagger across the finish line on New Year's Day � with a hangover, a potbelly, and enough credit-card debt to make our heads explode.

Following his successful 2008 special History of the Joke, the "Curmudgeon of Comedy" returns to HISTORY to make sense of this 36-day, end-of-year insanity that consumes us all. Armed with history, humor and his trademark ranting, the Grammy winner takes a comedic look at how to survive the "month-long festival of consumption" without losing your mind. The two-hour special, SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS WITH LEWIS BLACK, premieres on Monday, November 23 at 8pm ET/PT.

Lewis consults experts in holiday history, anxiety and gift giving. He explores the meaning of Kwanzaa, the history of Chanukah, and the real Saint Nicholas. He interviews turkeys on a turkey farm. He discovers why we drink on New Year's Eve and why the Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving Day. He does a stint as a department store Santa with kids and learns about the Major League Dreidel playoffs. In classic Lewis Black style, he riffs on Hanukkah. During the holidays, we're expected to smile through an avalanche of responsibilities: cooking, shopping, wrapping, drinking, card-writing, family gatherings, office parties, bills... but how? And why?

Throughout the special, fellow comedians bring vastly different perspectives to holiday anxiety. They include Bob Saget, Craig Ferguson, Ron White, Joy Behar, Larry Miller, Richard Belzer, David Alan Grier, Shelley Berman, Rip Taylor, Nancy Giles, Franklyn Ajaye, among others. Their survival tips run the gamut from stocking up on Vicodin and Ace bandages to being born in Europe to changing the name of Black Friday to "Mauve Friday." Even sports writer Mike Lupica is on hand to share, among other things, what his wife expects him to do over the holidays. Lewis's advice? "It's hard to find something to help you survive ... so I do what I love the most: I complain."

Executive Producers for HISTORY are David McKillop and Carl H. Lindahl. SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS WITH LEWIS BLACK is produced for HISTORY by Triage Entertainment and Black Humor. Executive Producers for Triage Entertainment are Stephen Kroopnick and Stu Schreiberg. Executive Producers are Lewis Black, Mark Lonow and Jo Anne Astrow.

HISTORY� and HISTORY HD� are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as How The Earth Was Made, Ax Men, Battle 360, The Universe, and Ice Road Truckers, as well as acclaimed specials including 102 Minutes That Changed America, King, Life After People, 1968 with Tom Brokaw, Nostradamus: 2012 and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, four Primetime Emmy� Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy� Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History� campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's latest initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY web site, located at www.history.com, is the definitive historical online source that delivers entertaining and informative content featuring broadband video, interactive timelines, maps, games, podcasts and more.





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