Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Tyson, Randy Travis, Danny DeVito and Scott Hamilton got together with a bunch of kids from the Special Olympics and made a 1988 television program A Very Special Christmas Party. If you find the Governator’s DVD and Blu-ray commentary tracks amusing, this should rank right up there with the best of them.
Arnie plays the pseudo Santa of the bunch, holding throne in a La-Z-Boy recliner while tormenting the confused children around him with stories about satanic abduction during his childhood in Austria. It’s a rollicking, merry, ho-ho good time! The surreal clip concludes with a musical number, in which we get to see Mike Tyson attempt to dance and look like he wants to get the hell out of there in a hurry. What a great bit of vintage weirdness from the good folks at Everything Is Terrible, spotted by BuzzFeed. And in case you doubted that this clip was actually real, here’s the synopsis for the show. Enjoy!
“A holiday special based on last year’s A Very Special Christmas record album, which raised money for the Special Olympics. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Special Olympics International, the program features celebrities and the athletes who compete in these events.”
Note: This post originally ran in December 2013 and was written by Alison Nastasi.
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