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Watch Stephen Colbert Celebrate Hanukkah, Play Battle Dreidels

‘Late Show’ host introduces eight-part Hanukkah video series: “It’s kind of like ‘A Christmas Carol,’ but without that ‘Ghost of Christmas Past’ garbage”

Stephen Colbert may be a devout Catholic, but he’s reaching out to his Jewish viewers this holiday season with an eight-part Hanukkah video series. “Hanukkah is the time of year to gather with family and friends – and media personalities – to celebrate love, friendship and whatever it is you share with that guy from work who you don’t really know that well who showed up to your Hanukkah party anyway,” the Late Show host says in the first clip. “Didn’t he realize you just added him to the Facebook event to be polite? He’s meshuggeneh.”

The video finds Colbert seated behind his desk, proudly displaying a mini-menorah across from his Pope Francis bobblehead. Between several intense sessions of “battle dreidels,” the host explains his plan for the holiday, which he calls “the festival of lights, the candle industry’s Black Friday.”

“Please stay tuned and join us for the next seven magical nights, when each evening, you’ll be visited by a new Hanukkah emissary, who will join you in celebrating the holiday,” he says. “It’s kind of like A Christmas Carol, but without that ‘Ghost of Christmas Past’ garbage. That being said, I make no promise that you won’t be visited by other ghosts unrelated to Hanukkah. I don’t know what you’ve done in your life. You could be a terrible person.” 


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