A hayseed hillbilly from rural Kansas, Richard Christy made his mark on The Stern Show long before Howard ever hired him. A frequent caller and contributor of Robin news parody songs, Richard went on to take top prize in the “Win John’s Job” contest in 2004. Now a producer, Richard continues to create some of the show’s most memorable pranks and phony phone calls, with the help of his partner and best friend, Sal Governale.
As funny as Richard is, his most impressive talent might be his drumming. Richard has drummed with heavy metal bands Death, Iced Earth and is currently with Charred Walls of the Damn. Due to his willingness to perform “gay” stunts on-air, some staff members question Richard’s sexuality. Nevertheless, Christy married his wife Kristin in 2011.
Don't know the best way to spend your holiday? No worries, our resident Christmas expert Richard Christy is here to highlight his favorite things to do during the holiday season - from what to drink to where to eat to watch to watch, Richard has you covered!
by Richard Christy
Since Ronnie Mund has ruined Candy Canes, Mistletoe, and Egg Nog for everyone this Christmas by defiling these beloved holiday traditions in his “Holiday Sex Tips”, I thought I would try to bring back some of the joy in Christmas.
Although I LOVE Halloween and it is my favorite day of the year, Christmas Eve comes in third, right behind Halloween and Brad Pitt’s birthday.
I love Christmas Day as well, but I start to get a little bummed in the afternoon, knowing that the holiday season is coming to a close. Although this January will not be as much of a bummer for me as it usually is, because of Howard’s birthday party, and the possibility that the Kansas City Chiefs could be in the New York Super Bowl (hope I didn’t just jinx it!), I will still dread December 26th.
As of now though we’re in the holiday prime and I’m here to let you know some of my “favorite” things to do and imbibe in around the holidays! So here we go:
My Favorite Christmas Beers and Drinks:
Southern Tier 2Xmas (Same brewery that makes my favorite pumpkin beer Pumking)
Southern Tier Krampus (The label features a Christmas demon, how cool is that!)
Great Lakes Christmas Ale (A delicious winter warmer and somewhat of a cult favorite for beer drinkers)
The Bruery 6 Geese-a-Laying (Another amazing brewery, everything they make is perfect)
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig (One of the first Christmas beers I ever tried back in the 90’s, I still love it)
Looks like Richard got everything he wanted for Christmas!
Troegs Mad Elf Ale (Made with Cherries, like a heavenly dessert in a bottle)
Ninkasi Sleigh’r (Santa is throwing up the heavy metal devil horns on the label and the logo is in the style of the band Slayer, the most metal beer you’ll drink at Christmastime!)
Burnt Hickory Brewing Eerie Von’s XXXmas Spiced Apple Ale (What’s more Christmasy than a beer made with Spiced Apples?)
Gluhwein (A delicious mulled wine served warm, a German tradition that has become a Christy household tradition)
Egg Nog and Apple Cider with Rum (I try to drink these two sparsely around the holidays because their calorie count is very high, I know I sound like a wuss but I have to be careful around the holidays!)
My favorite Christmas decoration:
My favorite singer King Diamond came out with ornaments this year! You can’t go wrong with an ornament that features a picture of a guy with an upside down cross painted on his face! The perfect gift for a metal-head!
My favorite places to visit around the holidays:
Rolf’s German Restaurant in NYC (simply the most breathtaking Christmas decorations I’ve ever seen in a restaurant)
Christmas lights in Dyker Heights Brooklyn (The craziest neighborhood Christmas lights I’ve ever seen)
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (we’re so lucky to work right next to it, I walk past it every morning on my way to work)
Alewife Bar in Long Island City Queens (they have amazing Gluhwein and Egg Nog)
Yes, Santa is white. And has a drinking problem.
Waterfront Ale House in Manhattan (great selection of Christmas beers and lots of wild game on the menu)
Upstairs Bar at Del Frisco’s Midtown (great view of all of the beautiful Rockefeller Center Christmas lights)
Also, I’m still looking for a Christmas themed hotel that allows the elves to tuck in adults (all of them I tried have an age limit haha), so if anyone knows of one please let me know.
My favorite Christmas Movies and Shows:
Bad Santa (I can’t believe I didn’t like this movie the first time I saw it, luckily it grew on me and now it’s my favorite Christmas movie EVER)
Any of the King of the Hill Christmas episodes (my favorite is when Bill becomes a cross dresser, so hilarious it makes me cry)
Any of the Simpsons, Family Guy, or Futurama Christmas episodes (The Futurama killer Santa episode features John Goodman as the voice of Santa!)
A 9 month old Richard Christy begins a life-long obession on Christmas Day, 1974
A Christmas Story (I watch it about 5 times every year when they play the 24 hour marathon, it drives my wife nuts that I can watch it that much)
Christmas Vacation (Merry Christmas – The Shitter Was Full!, enough said)
The 12 Men of Christmas (It wouldn’t be a Richard Christy list without putting something that makes people wonder if I’m gay on here)
Black Christmas (An amazing horror film from 1974 directed by Bob Clark, also the director of A Christmas Story!)
Silent Night, Deadly Night (The VHS box cover of a Santa arm holding an axe while going down the chimney scared the crap out of me when I was a kid!)
Scrooged (Bill Murray proves once again that he’s a genius, such a great movie)
This list is getting long so I’ll just say that I’ll watch about anything on TV related to Christmas!
My favorite Christmas Music:
King Diamond No Presents for Christmas (I have this one on vinyl, it’s a classic)
Alan Jackson Honky Tonk Christmas (My favorite Christmas album ever)
Any Trans-Siberian Orchestra album (I saw them live and it was incredible, they made it snow in the arena, plus most of the band members are from famous heavy metal bands like Testament and Savatage!)
Blowfly Does XXXmas (One of the earliest dirty singers, he was doing it in the 60’s! These songs are hilarious, dirty, and festive)
Well, I think if you’ve made it this far in my Christmas Blog then you realize that I could go on and on and on and on and on and on, like I do in some of our prank calls. So I’ll wrap this up by saying I hope everyone has a wonderful holidays and we’ll see y’all in 2014! Cheers!
Merry Christmas from the Christy's!
Halloween and Christmas aren't enough to satisfy our own Richard Christy. He, of course, has other faaavorite holidays that you probably have never heard of. In his latest blog, Richard talks about two December holidays that give him even more excuses to drink.
BY RICHARD CHRISTY
Today, December 6th is St. Nicholas Day in many European countries. Although St. Nicholas Day is primarily a children's holiday, boozers like me have found a way to help adults join in on the fun as well! December 6th is the ONE day a year that one of my "Favorite" Christmas beers is brewed, that beer's name is "Samichlaus".
Samichlaus is one of the strongest beers in the world, coming in at a whopping 14 percent alcohol (which to me means 14 percent more fun and yumminess!). Ronnie Mund and Richie Wilson are fellow Samichlaus fans, in fact I'm quite certain that it's Ronnie's favorite beer. The beer is pretty rare and hard to find but well worth the hunt.
Richard's favorite beer, toasting his Christmas tree
Another very adult way to celebrate St. Nicholas day along with a nice bottle of Samichlaus is to watch the great horror film "Sint" AKA "Saint Nick", a horror film about Sinterklaas, the European version of Santa Claus. This Santa Claus isn't fat and jolly though, he's a ghost who travels the skies when St. Nicholas' Eve (December 5th) falls on a full moon and subsequently murders people. The film is streaming on Netflix if you'd like to check it out. So if you're into super strong beers and killer Santa Clauses then maybe St. Nicholas Day is for you!
Another great holiday which is very appropriate for us boozers to celebrate is the 80th anniversary of the repeal of the stupidest god damned asinine dumb fuckin' tee totaling shit brained worthless fucking law ever, called "Prohibition".
Richard gives a big FU to Prohibition
On the great day of December 5th, 1933 Prohibition was repealed to the delight of boozers everywhere. Now before you start writing me nasty emails saying - "Richard you idiot, your blog came out on December 6th! How the hell am I supposed to celebrate something that happened on December 5th you dimwitted Kansan!" I will just say that this is a holiday that should be celebrated always, not just on December 5th. Just keep in mind how boring our country would be had Prohibition never been repealed.
So I'd like to wish everyone a Happy St. Nicholas Day and a Happy Prohibition Repeal Day, and I would like to close with something my friends and I used to say all the time at high school keg parties in Kansas back in the day - "F*ck Carrie Nation!" (Look her up, if you're a beer drinker like me, you'll agree)
Appears in the Hollywood blockbuster "Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay"