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''How Murray Saved Christmas'' is a 2014 ChristmasSpecial that aired on NBC written by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' producer Mike Reiss, starring Jerry Stiller as Murray Weiner, Sean Hayes as Edison Elf, Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, Creator/JasonAlexander as Dr. Holiday, John Ratzenberger as Officer Bender, Dennis Haysbert as the Baby New Year and the Narrator, with Nick Jameson, Creator/TomKenny, Creator/MauriceLaMarche, Creator/TressMacNeille, and Creator/BillyWest to round out the cast.

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''How Murray Saved Christmas'' is a 2014 ChristmasSpecial that aired on NBC written by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' producer Mike Reiss, starring Jerry Stiller as Murray Weiner, Sean Hayes as Edison Elf, Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, Creator/JasonAlexander as Dr. Holiday, John Ratzenberger as Officer Bender, Dennis Haysbert Creator/DennisHaysbert as the Baby New Year and the Narrator, with Nick Jameson, Creator/TomKenny, Creator/MauriceLaMarche, Creator/TressMacNeille, and Creator/BillyWest to round out the cast.


* AmbiguouslyJewish: Murray Weiner (voiced by Jerry Stiller, who has Polish-Jewish heritage in real life), when he mentions "Oh, forget it-- Oy vey!" in the "Gay on Christmas Day" song.



'''Murray''' [''nervously resumes'']: I don't mean in that way, that way is okay, What I'm trying to say-- Oh forget it, oy vey!

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'''Murray''' [''nervously resumes'']: I don't mean in that way, that way is okay, [[DontExplainTheJoke What I'm trying to say-- Oh forget it, oy vey!vey!]]


''How Murray Saved Christmas'' is a 2014 ChristmasSpecial that aired on NBC written by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' producer Mike Reiss.

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''How Murray Saved Christmas'' is a 2014 ChristmasSpecial that aired on NBC written by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' producer Mike Reiss.
Reiss, starring Jerry Stiller as Murray Weiner, Sean Hayes as Edison Elf, Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, Creator/JasonAlexander as Dr. Holiday, John Ratzenberger as Officer Bender, Dennis Haysbert as the Baby New Year and the Narrator, with Nick Jameson, Creator/TomKenny, Creator/MauriceLaMarche, Creator/TressMacNeille, and Creator/BillyWest to round out the cast.



* VocalDissonance: The Easter Bunny, who has a very deep voice. As does [[spoiler: Baby New Year, the narrator]].

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* VocalDissonance: The Easter Bunny, who has a very deep voice. As voice (by Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson), as does [[spoiler: Baby New Year, the narrator]].narrator, voiced by Dennis Haysbert]].


He is in the [[Literature/ GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book]] for longest diagnosis,\\

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He is in the [[Literature/ GuinnessWorldRecords [[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book]] for longest diagnosis,\\


* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Murray persuades Edison to give toys to the bad boys and girls:
-->'''Narrator''': They brought toys to the naughty, a very long list.\\
Some ice skates for Kate, who poured glue on Mom's chair,\\
Put tacks in Dad's slacks, and belched the Lord's Prayer.



* GrumpyOldMan: Murray more or less.

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* GrumpyOldMan: Murray Murray, more or less.less; he gets less grumpy as he delivers toys to all the children.
* HaveAGayOldTime: {{Lampshaded}} by Murray's musical number when he has finished delivering toys to the good and bad kids:
-->'''Murray''' [''glumly'']: My life was empty and at an end, I could make a sandwich, but I couldn't make a friend,\\
But thanks to this guy, I'm filled with glee, His best invention was a whole new me. [''the song changes to a happy mood'']\\
'''Murray''': Now I'm happy and gay,\\
'''Edison''': When?\\
'''Murray''': On Christmas day, Yes, I'm ever so gay,\\
'''Edison''': When?\\
'''Murray''': On Christmas day; I'm incredibly gay, gay as the month of May, Gay, gay, gay, gay, I'm so gay!\\
[[{{Beat}} [''The crowd looks at Murray with astonishment''] ]]\\
'''Murray''' [''nervously resumes'']: I don't mean in that way, that way is okay, What I'm trying to say-- Oh forget it, oy vey!


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** Dr. Holiday adds another verse when he visits Murray and gives him a psychiatric diagnosis:
-->'''Dr. Holiday''': Murray's got... antisocial, claustrophoic, paranoid neurosis,\\
Narcissistic, germaphobic, borderline psychosis,\\
He is in the [[Literature/ GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book]] for longest diagnosis,\\
Antisocial, claustrophoic, paranoid neurosis!


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* VisualPun: The Easter Bunny gives his girlfriend an 18-carrot ring.


* GoodNewsBadNews: Subverted when Edison Elf asks Dr. Holiday after Santa gets knocked out by the boxing glove-in-a-box and before Dr. Holiday breaks out into song about Santa's condition:
-->'''Edison''': Uh, how's it look, Doc?\\
'''Dr. Holiday''': Would you like to hear the bad news first?\\
'''Edison''': I'd rather hear the good news.\\
'''Dr. Holiday''': Oh, I didn't say there's ''good'' news.
** Nevertheless, some of the elves who had to endure a grumpy Santa might have found that his being bed-ridden brought some momentary relief to their holiday spirits...



* ItsPronouncedTroPay: Murray's last name is pronounced "''why'' -ner" with a long "I" sound, instead of "''wee'' -ner" with a long "E".



I'm prescribing aspirin in super-megadoses, for superficial fractures of his little baby toeses.

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I'm prescribing aspirin in super-megadoses, for superficial fractures of his little baby toeses.toeses...\\
He's got inflammation and abrasions, bruises and contusions,\\
Spinal fusion, great confusion, marked by weird delusions...

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** When Dr. Holiday checks up on Santa, he does his a musical song reminiscent of Film/MaryPoppins' "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious":
-->'''Dr. Holiday''': In layman's terms, Santa Claus is suffering from...\\
[''Dr. Holiday starts singing and dancing''] Superficial fractures of his little baby toeses, His ears moved south, and now his mouth is pushed up where his nose is,\\
I'm prescribing aspirin in super-megadoses, for superficial fractures of his little baby toeses.


The story takes place in a town called Stinky Cigars which is home to many of the world's holidays both famous and obscure. Among the residents is Murray, a grumpy fellow who owns the local diner. On Christmas Eve, as most of these stories tend to take place, one of the elves named Edison accidently knocks out Santa with his invention just as he's about to take off for his yearly round. When none of the town's residents prove capable of filling in for Santa, Murray is picked to fill in the red coat. Naturally Murray is reluctant but is eventually coax into it. Though can he overcome his grumpiness and find the holiday sp...oh who're we kidding. Of course he will, the fun of course is how he'll get it back.

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The story takes place in a town called Stinky Cigars which is home to many of the world's holidays both famous and obscure. Among the residents is Murray, a grumpy fellow who owns the local diner. On Christmas Eve, as most of these stories tend to take place, one of the elves named Edison accidently accidentally knocks out Santa with his invention just as he's about to take off for his yearly round. When none of the town's residents prove capable of filling in for Santa, Murray is picked to fill in the red coat. Naturally Murray is reluctant but is eventually coax into it. Though can he overcome his grumpiness and find the holiday sp...oh who're we kidding. Of course he will, the fun of course is how he'll get it back.


* BadBoss: Santa, much to the elves' unhappiness. One of them comments that he heard Santa was a nice guy off the clock.



* MeaningfulName: Edison strives to be [[UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison a great inventor]].



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Creator/MauriceLaMarche uses his Woody Allen impression when voicing the Groundhog.



* RhymesOnADime: Most of the story is told in rhyme, lampshaded when Murray and Edison are stopped by Officer Bender who complains it's hard trying to keep up the rhymes all the time.

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* RhymesOnADime: Most of the story is told in rhyme, lampshaded rhyme. Lampshaded when Murray and Edison are stopped by Officer Bender Bender, who complains it's hard trying to keep up the rhymes all the time.that doing everything in rhyme makes filling out paperwork twice as hard.



* SubbingForSanta: Naturally, Murray is picked to do so.

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* SubbingForSanta: Naturally, Murray is picked to do so. Edison bases this on how masterful Murray is at getting everyone their orders.


* ChekovsGun: The boxing glove Jack in the Box.

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* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: The boxing glove Jack in the Box.


** Lincoln, Washington and Uncle Sam fight like Series/TheThreeStooges.

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** Lincoln, Washington and Uncle Sam fight like Series/TheThreeStooges.Film/TheThreeStooges.


* AWildRapperAppears: The Easter Bunny does this during the town anthem number.



* TheMusical: A few songs here and there.



* TheMusical: A few songs here and there.


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* AWildRapperAppears: The Easter Bunny does this during the town anthem number.


''How Murray Saved Christmas'' has the following tropes:

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''How !!''How Murray Saved Christmas'' has the following tropes:

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** During the elves part in the final number, they recreate the dance scene from ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas''.


* AsianStoreowner: The clerk at the convenience store, who has eight arms.
-->'''Santa:''' What are you?\\
'''Clerk:''' I'm Vishnu.\\
'''Santa:''' Vishnu?\\
'''Clerk:''' [[{{Henway}} I Vishnu wouldn't shoot me.]]



* ConcussionsGetYouHigh: Getting hit on the head makes Santa act all loopy and think he's the banana queen of Norway. [[spoiler:Same with Officer Bender.]]

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* ConcussionsGetYouHigh: Getting hit on the head makes Santa act all loopy and think he's the banana queen Queen Hannah of Norway.Bananaland. [[spoiler:Same with Officer Bender.]]



* HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas: When Santa comes to and sees the sleigh gone, he thinks it's stolen and calls the police.



* NarratorAllAlong: Baby New Year.

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* LivingShadow: The Groundhog's shadow mocks him behind his back.
* NarratorAllAlong: Baby [[spoiler:Baby New Year.]]


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* ShoutOut:
** Lincoln, Washington and Uncle Sam fight like Series/TheThreeStooges.
** When Murray encounters a little boy, it plays out like [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the Grinch's encounter with Cindy Lou Who]].
** Among the names Murray calls the reindeer are [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Cosmo and Kramer]], [[Series/TheHoneymooners Kramden and Norton and Alice and Trixie]].


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* XDaysSince: The sign at Santa's workshop gets reset after Santa's accident.

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