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A Very Murray Christmas is a 2015 Netflix musical variety special featuring Bill Murray. It tells the story of Murray trying to broadcast a live Christmas special from the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, but a huge blizzard prevents any of his guests from showing up. The special was nominated for 2 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, but lost respectively to Sherlock: The Abominable Bride and Live from Lincoln Center's "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton".


On December 24, Bill Murray waits in his hotel suite at the Carlyle Hotel gradually realizing that a massive snowstorm has caused most of the guests for his live Christmas special to cancel. As time runs out his two producers, Liz, and Bey, coerce him into going on with the show as he is financially on the hook if he cancels. With minimal crew Murray goes live but in the middle of singing a song he begins to weep and then flees the studio. While trying to leave the hotel he sees Chris Rock whom he forces into performing "Do You Hear What I Hear?" with him. During a power outage Rock flees and the producers inform Murray that as the power outage is considered an Act of God the special can now be cancelled.

Filled with relief Murray goes to the Carlyle bar where he sings a song with an anonymous waitress. After they hear the chefs shouting they go to investigate and realize that the French chefs are overwhelmed as the fridges have stopped working and the food is about to go bad. Murray encourages them to bring the food to the bar so that the few patrons can eat it all. On his way back to the bar he passes a weeping bride who informs him that her wedding was called off due to the cold and who is also upset because she has fought with her fiancé, Elliot.

The French chefs sing "Alone on Christmas Day", followed by the lounge singer performing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)". Afterwards the bride comes out wheeling a cake and asks Murray about his theory of love. He asks Elliot and the bride to look at one another and think of the moment when they fell in love with each other. The couple sing "I Saw the Light" and become re-engaged. At 12:01 the remaining guests at the hotel wish each other a merry Christmas and then sing "Fairytale of New York" together. At the end of the song, Murray, who had been drinking heavily, passes out.

While unconscious Murray dreams that he awakens on a beautiful set in the middle of his Christmas special. In his dream he is joined by George Clooney and Miley Cyrus. As Clooney prepares martinis, Cyrus and Murray sing "Sleigh Ride" together. After a few more musical numbers between himself, Cyrus and Clooney, Murray reawakens in his suite at the Carlyle where he realizes it is still Christmas.


Title(s) Performed by
"The Christmas Blues"
"Jingle Bells"
Bill Murray
"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" Murray, Amy Poehler,
Miley Cyrus and George Clooney
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" Murray and Chris Rock
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" Murray and Jenny Lewis
"Alone on Christmas Day" Phoenix with Murray and Jason Schwartzman
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" Maya Rudolph
"I Saw the Light" Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, Murray,
David Johansen and Rudolph
"Fairytale of New York" Johansen, Murray, Lewis, Rudolph,
Schwartzman, Jones and Dimitri Dimitrov
"Sleigh Ride" Murray and Cyrus
"Silent Night" Cyrus
"Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'" Murray and Clooney
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" Bill Murray
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" Dimitri Dimitrov
"O Tannenbaum" David Johansen
"Good King Wenceslas" Jenny Lewis


Actor/actress Character(s)
Bill Murray Self
Paul Shaffer Self
Michael Cera Jackie the Talent Agent
George Clooney Self
Miley Cyrus Self
Dimitri Dimitrov Self
David Johansen Bartender
Rashida Jones Bride
Jenny Lewis Waitress
Amy Poehler Liz
Chris Rock Self
Maya Rudolph Lounge Singer
Jason Schwartzman Elliott the Groom
Julie White Bev
Phoenix Chefs
Cindy Mizelle
Tawatha Agee
Rachele Cappelli
Backup Singers
Shane Lynch Coat Check Girl

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