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’Twas the Night Before Christmas* (Video)

It might be getting a little late in the day to post renditions of “’Twas the night before Christmas” — but that’s okay, these are more for adults than kids.

Here’s the latest edition of the excellent “Drunk History” series, this time a star-laden exclusive for Funny or Die, featuring meme-darling-of-the-moment Ryan Gosling and his ample supply of quizzical looks. Plus, a pink-cheeked Jim Carrey, and a brief moment with Eva Mendes.

(The “Drunk History” setup is that a funny person drinks a lot and then tries to recite or retell something well known, in this case the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas”; and then other funny people reenact the event according to the drunk version. Most likely NSFW.)

Meanwhile, here’s another altered version of the poem, read by Jim Meskimen in the style of more than 20 famous actors and personalities, including Woody Allen, John F. Kennedy and Robin Williams. (Meskimen does a good Arianna Huffington, which is something you hear an awful lot of people in the tech world try to pull off these days.) No f-bombs in this one:

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work