Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Night Hanukkah Harry Saved Christmas.

Hanukkah Harry's first appearance on SNL was on Season 15: Episode 9, a show first broadcast on December 16, 1989, with guest host Andie MacDowell, in a sketch titled "The Night Hanukkah Harry Saved Christmas," viewers are told is sponsored by Hallmark Cards in association with the Jewish Anti-Defamation League. 

Unable to deliver toys to children due to a stomach virus, Santa calls Hanukkah Harry (Jon Lovitz) at his workshop on Mount Sinai, asking if he could fill in. Hanukkah Harry agrees and flies in a cart pulled by three donkeys, Moische, Herschel, and Schlomo.

Hanukkah Harry lands on a roof and climbs down the chimney of the home of Scott (Mike Myers) and Christine (Victoria Jackson), offering gifts of slacks and socks, respectively, as well as chocolate coins and a dreidel. While the children are initially disappointed with their gifts, their realization that Hanukkah Harry had helped Santa makes them recognize that "Christians and Jews, deep down, are pretty much the same. Maybe that's the true meaning of Christmas!" With that statement, Santa's flu is cured, and Santa comes down the chimney bearing gifts of Barbie make-me-pretty for Christine and a pellet gun for Scott.
The Night Hanukkah Harry Saved Christmas, Season 15 of SNL - Dec. 16, 1989. [Runtime: 8:33]
Many times, Jon Lovitz performed stand-up comedy at the Improv in Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, Illinois. One of his favorite venues in 2009 and 2010. 
Lovitz, throughout the first pitch for the
Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 6, 2016.


  1. Thanks for posting this, Neil! It was a favorite when first broadcast, & I've been looking for it ever since. Obviously not well enough, since you found it & posted it. :-\ Seriously, this has made my Thanksgiving week.

  2. This is a great read. I have bee revisiting old SNL shows but hadn’t remembered this skit. Thanks!


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