Lenny and the Squigtones performed an original Christmas carol on Laverne & Shirley

David Lander and Michael McKean wrote the hilarious holiday jingle themselves.

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In the Laverne & Shirley season two episode "Oh Hear the Angels' Voices" (a.k.a. "Christmas at the Booby Hatch"), Carmine suggests the gang perform at a hospital to bring a little Christmas cheer to those less fortunate. Everyone agrees and soon they're warming up in the hospital's small auditorium.

When a doctor (well, first a patient impersonating a doctor, then the real doctor) informs them that they're at a psychiatric hospital, Shirley begins to have second thoughts about performing. Her mother used to threaten to send her to an institution when she misbehaved as a kid and she can't help but be scared of everyone there.

Laverne, on the other hand, feels completely comfortable — even going so far as to flirt with one of the patients. After all, he did offer to buy her "a mink, a Rolls-Royce, and a trip to Paris." The eccentric yet suave patient is played by the episode's writer, David W. Duclon. Penny Marshall's producer brother, Garry, also makes a cameo as the drummer in the backing band.

The episode's main guest-starring role goes to Howard Hesseman, just a few years before being cast as Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati. Hesseman plays the understanding hospital staff member Dr. Grayson. He shows the gang around and takes a particular interest in Squiggy in a funny recurring gag.

When it comes time to for the show, Laverne and Shirley do a twirling, tap-dancing rendition of "Winter Wonderland" and Carmine belts "Jingle Bell Rock," but the real standout is the episode's first performance – Lenny and Squiggy, as Lenny and the Squigtones, singing an original Christmas carol, "The Jolliest Fat Man."

The song laments the downfall of a certain sleigh-riding North Pole resident. Michael McKean and David Lander wrote it themselves, like many of the other Squigtones tunes. It's an often-overlooked highlight from Laverne & Shirley and arguably one of the most underrated Christmas scenes in television. Watch it in the video above.

 
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Moverfan 9 months ago
Don't remember the Christmas song, but I do love both Night After Night and If Only I'd Have Listened To Mama (which would pair up quite nicely with Jim Stafford's song Mama Knows, come to think of it...).
Bret 10 months ago
They also performed together in the movie "Used Cars". A terrific film.
Newyorkcitygal 10 months ago
God Bless you David. You were a great actor. I have all of Laverne and Shirley on DVD and will enjoy watching you for years to come.
blackled 10 months ago
Look up Lenny and the Squigtones Night after Night on YouTube. Another funny David Lander and Michael McKean song.
lynngdance 10 months ago
Cool! On a random note, the “Lenny and the Squiggtones” thing reminded me of “Phineas and the Ferbtones” (yes, I’m talking about Phineas and Ferb again LOL) Long story short (maybe not so short Lol) On the episode of Phineas and Ferb called “Flop Stars” Phineas and Ferb decide to have a One-hit-wonder by writing a song with a catchy tune and meaningless lyrics (that’s the way they describe it in the episode) well anyway they succeed in doing so and the song is call “Gitchee Gitchee Goo” (how more meaningless can ya get LOL) well anyway just noticed a similarity 😁. I’m sure I’m the only person on MeTV that watches Phineas and Ferb (I should say “watched” since I can’t watch it anymore since Disney got greedy and decided to make it where you have to subscribe to Disney+ to watch it) but anyways it’s a great show (nothing like the other cheesy Disney shows) sometimes they do parodies of stuff (they did a parody of The Love Boat and it was HILARIOUS, and the Indiana Jones parody they did was funny too😄) oh just in case you wanted find the song, here is what it looks like on Amazon Music (yes they have an Album 😆)
Mom! Lynngdance is referencing Phineas and Ferb in the METV comment section!I
Hilarious! 😆😁 So glad I’m not the only one on here that watches Phineas and Ferb😁😆😂🤣🤪😀
nd1irish 10 months ago
It was Christmas Eve night at the poorhouse. And all of the paupers were there. I stepped in because it was snowing. And snow always screws up my hair. 😂
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