Carrie Underwood, Comedienne? At Christmastime, Anything's Possible

I would never even think to imagine Carrie Underwood participating in a '60s-era, girl-group novelty act. But on tonight's Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special (FOX, 8-10 p.m. ET), there she is -- one of three bee-bopping gals in mile-high platinum wigs and poofy pink dresses, crooning a montage of pop classics like "Leader of the Pack" and "Be My Baby."

That’s one of the great things about Christmastime. Anything goes. You just don’t find the sort of old-time TV hits like The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Carol Burnett Show these days. With their campy production numbers and corny jokes, they’d seem out of place. But holiday-themed musical variety shows are a genre unto themselves, and they practically mandate that modern stars loosen up and have some silly fun. Based on early clips that FOX released of Underwood’s special, that’s just what she and her guests did.

The other two members of Underwood’s makeshift girl group are Christina Applegate and Kristin Chenoweth. She also shares the stage at various times with Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and David Cook. Underwood’s mother appears in the show, and even her dog starred in one previously filmed sketch. He’s insanely jealous of the other men in her life, snarling when Underwood talks to her boyfriend, NHL star Mike Fisher, on the phone. It’s fun to see Underwood in a comedy sketch (although, granted, the dog’s the funny one). A lot of the show is a concert, with Underwood singing old songs and new, but it also shows a different side of her.

Taylor Swift may be the country girl of the hour, but Underwood can’t seem to do wrong these days, either. Tonight, she scores again.

Plus: Read why Carrie and Mike aren't ready to move in together.

What do you think of holiday variety shows -- festive or cheesy? Chime in below!

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