Comedy Christmas Radio Shows
Old-time radio had many fine and funny long-running comedies from Our Miss Brooks and Life with Riley to Fibber McGee and Molly. You can be sure that there were crazy situations and hilarious dialog when McGee and Molly go Christmas shopping or when Miss Brooks goes out to return gifts.
Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead made their first appearance in the funny pages in 1930 and is still in the funny pages today. The couple has gone through many ups and downs through the years between Dagwood being disowned by his rich family for marrying Blondie to Dagwood getting fired multiple times and Blondie opening a catering business. Much has changed through the years. But one thing that doesn't change is their disagreements. Blondie and Dagwood disagree quite often. Even while Christmas shopping. In "Blondie Goes Christmas Shopping", Blondie, Dagwood, and their baby, Baby Dumpling, go Christmas shopping together and silliness follows. Baby Dumpling gets lost in the crowd, and the Bumsteads argue about Christmas presents. Blondie and Dagwood are always hilarious and this is no exception.
Fibber McGee and Molly, starring real-life husband and wife Jim and Marian Jordan, featured the lead characters in everyday situations then turning them on their heads.Their interaction with the other characters on the show and with one another is what made the show interesting. In the episode, Fibber McGee and Molly Christmas: "Mailing Christmas Presents," the simple act of getting ready to go and then going to the post office to mail presents provided some excellent back and forth between McGee and Molly and between McGee and The Great. Gildersleeve. The radio show was on the from 1935 to 1959 providing us with many entertaining Christmas shows.
Eve Arden starred as Connie Brooks, an English teacher at Madison High School, running from 1948 to 1957 on radio. Our Miss Brooks was ample fodder for Christmas comedy at Madison High. With a scheming, selfish principal, the man she was crazy about, several hundred students, and Miss Brooks witty comebacks and conversation, how could it not be funny?
With so many Christmas radio comedies to choose from, it's hard to pick just one or two to enjoy. How do you choose between the above shows or Life of Riley, Burns and Allen, Ozzie and Harriet? If you can't choose between them, check out the Old Time Radio Christmas Collection, Jack Benny Christmas, Aldrich Family Christmas, or Bob Hope Christmas with a large selection of Christmas comedies.