Even Scrooge Would Love The Second City's 'Christmas Carol'

By: Daniel Villarreal

Attention holiday revellers! It's okay to hate A Christmas Carol. No, really... it is.

Sure, we all enjoyed Mickey Mouse's 26-minute adaptation of Charles Dickens' tale back in 1983, but since then the ghost story of a tightwad turned sugar daddy has been done to death by everyone from Patrick Stewart to Jim Henson's Muppets.

But before you write off A Christmas Carol as easily as Scrooge wrote off the only woman he ever loved (gay), The Second City comedy troupe wants you to give Dickens one last chance.

That's why they're inviting you to their laugh-out-loud holiday spoof entitled, A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!, running from November 24 to December 30 at Center Theatre Group Kirk Douglas Theatre in California.

The hilarious group promises an "ever-morphing ensemble (that brings) the famous Victorian streets to frenzied life with Tiny Tim, that fat, plucked goose, all those know-it-all ghosts, a host of anachronistic characters and hilarious improvs which will have Dickens guffawing in his grave."

Plus, it'll feature a smorgasbord of A-gays including former Backstreet Boy Lance Bass, ex-Trekkie George Takei, perennial funnyman Bruce Vilanch, drag commedienne Coco Peru and red-haired Sweatin' to the Oldies fitness icon Richard Simmons — eat your heart out, Carrot Top.

And if they weren't enough, there'll also be three of our personal man-crushes: outspoken hunk rocker Henry Rollins, Homer Simpson voice actor Dan Castallaneta and politically incorrect comedian Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele. Oh jes!

So don't wait until you're burning in a grave of regret. Grab all your ghosts of Christmas ass and stuff your stockings full of laughs. Your holiday spirit will thank you and you just might appreciate Dicken's timeless tale in a whole new way.