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Colbert plans Christmas special

'Gift' will feature Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello

Stephen Colbert will leave his pundit’s desk Nov. 23 to host a one-hour musical Christmas special for Comedy Central.

The Sunday-night spesh, “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!,” will feature the comedian performing duets with Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and John Legend. “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart will also exercise his vocal chords alongside “The Colbert Report” host. In addition, Toby Keith will be on hand to perform.

Show will also feature original songs written by “Daily Show” exec producer David Javerbaum and composer Adam Schlesinger. Javerbaum recently collaborated with the Fountains of Wayne artist on the Tony-nominated Broadway musical “Cry-Baby.”

Special will also bow on DVD via Paramount Home Entertainment on Nov. 25, with part of the proceeds benefiting charity Feeding America.

“A Colbert Christmas” is produced by Spartina Prods., with Colbert and Allison Silverman serving as exec producers.

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