The 6th Annual Xmas Bash is Ho Ho Hover!

Thank you all for tuning in! The Noiseless Chatter Xmas Bash is over for another year. I hope you all enjoyed.

This year, I exposed you to…

The 6th Annual Noiseless Chatter Xmas Bash! (2017):

  • Lazy Town – “Lazy Town’s Surprise Santa”
  • Perfect Strangers – “The Gift of the Mypiot”
  • The Christmas Tree
  • The Twilight Zone – “Night of the Meek”
  • What’s Happening!! – “Positive Identification”
  • Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp – “There’s No Business Like Snow Business”
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker – “The Werewolf”

If you haven’t donated to The Trevor Project, please consider doing so.

And, hey. Have a merry Christmas.

Happening Now: The 6th Annual Xmas Bash!

It’s happening right now!  Come join us at the 6th Annual Noiseless Chatter Xmas Bash.  Terrible Xmas specials, live chat, strange music, and two or three other things!

To attend, visit gotomeet.me/xmasbash.  It’s GoToMeeting, which is a reputable service so don’t panic if it asks you to start a launcher or something.  GoToMeeting also has a free app if you prefer to watch that way.  You should be able to attend by entering with the meeting ID “xmasbash”.

Chat is separate this year.  Join in by visiting discordapp.com/invite/wGXcsKr.  You shouldn’t have to register an email address or anything. 

Sorry for the inconvenience of two windows, but if you prefer, you can use your computer for one and a mobile device for the other!  hohoho!

And, of course, please consider donating to The Trevor Project.

But enough of my yakking.  What do you say?  Let’s boogie.

Xmas Bash! Saturday! Here’s what to expect.

We are almost there! As of this posting, the Xmas Bash! is just two days away. Surely you’ve marked your calendar by now, but if your calendar was destroyed in a blaze, here’s the information again.

The 6th Annual Noiseless Chatter Xmas Bash!
Saturday Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Eastern

To join in, just come to this very website at the appointed time and click the links. That’s all you’ll have to do!

Yes, links, plural this year. Livestream has served us very well as a service for the past few events, but this year its price is exorbitant. We’re moving on to a different (but still great) service, so that’s fine but…well, it doesn’t have a chat solution that actually works for an event like this.

As such, we will be streaming through GoToMeeting and hosting the chat through Discord.

I know it sucks having to have two browser windows open, but GoToMeeting’s chat functionality wasn’t allowing for more than 10 people to chat openly, which is a huge problem for an event like this. (Thank goodness we tested this crap in advance!)

On the bright side, this means that folks who ONLY tune into GoToMeeting and stay out of Discord will have a 100% family-friendly event, if that’s what they’re looking for.

You can use the links above to create free accounts for each of those sites if you like, and you can donate to The Trevor Project ahead of time so that you’ll have one less window to futz with on the night.

I’ll be opening the stream a half hour or so early, with a test video, so that you’ll have plenty of time to get into both sites and configure your screen the way you like it.

Got that? Come here Saturday at 7 pm Eastern (or 6:30 if you want to get situated), open GoToMeeting to see the stream and Discord to chat, and you’re set.

But…well…what are you set for?

I mentioned before that this year’s stream is a bit less involved than previous years, as I’ve…well, I hate to say it, but I’ve been too busy. I still wanted to make sure I put together a great night for you all, and I’m pretty sure I have, but you’ll notice a few things missing.

In some cases, it’s because I had such little time to coordinate. In others, conflicting schedules. I wouldn’t normally point this stuff out, but I don’t want anyone to assume that the absence of any traditional faces is down to bad blood or personal issues.

You’ll still see plenty of the same things we’ve been enjoying for six solid years now. It’s still the Xmas Bash!

So you’ll get five and a half hours of laughs. Seven forgotten Xmas specials. Loads of bizarre Xmas music videos. Vintage commercials. Host segments. Original songs. Miscellaneous goodies. And the funniest live chat on the internet.

The fact that this stupid thing is going five years after I decided to make you watch the ALF Christmas episode with me is astonishing. More astonishing is the fact that it’s genuinely the most fun I have all year, and I keep hearing that from others as well, for whom the Bash! has become an Xmas tradition.

You guys are great. This live stream is a hell of a lot of work to put together, and each year I assume it will be the last. You’re the reason I keep coming back to do more, so thank you. However much fun you have at this thing, I promise you I have at least twice as much.

I’ll see you in a couple of days. Don’t miss it. I’ve dug up so many things you’ll wish you’ve never seen.

I love you all.

GO NOW: One-hour stress test

At 7 Eastern, I’ll be testing what I hope is this year’s streaming solution for the Xmas Bash! The room is open right now, so pop on in!

[EDIT: it’s over]

It’s GoToMeeting, which is a legitimate, reputable service so don’t panic if you asks you to install a launcher. It’s not spyware or anything awful. Also, a free app is available, and you can watch that way by entering the meeting ID “xmasbash.”

I’m really hoping this works tonight. If I can get a reliable stream going with decent chat functionality, I’m set…and I hopefully will be for the next few years.

So if you have time, pop over and help me find out if I’ll be relaxing for the next six days or seeking out alternatives in a desperate scramble. Hohoho!

We’ll be watching two specials at the test stream, totaling about an hour. One is Xmas related, but not something I’ve yet found a home for in the Bash! The other is not Xmas related, but I think you will agree it is important viewing for the youth of America.

See you there!

Xmas Bash in ONE WEEK! Help me test?

This is your friendly reminder that this year’s Xmas Bash! is one week from today! You won’t want to miss it. You might want to miss it. I have no way of knowing. But! It’s a hell of a lot of fun and you should tune in.

All you have to do is visit this very site at the appointed time!

The 6th Annual Noiseless Chatter Xmas Bash!
Saturday Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Eastern

Five hours, seven forgotten Xmas specials, vintage commercials, Xmas music you’ll wish you’ve never heard, and many more surprises.

So, yes, mark your calendars, set a reminder, tattoo it on your chest, whatever you usually do to remember things. You can also RSVP on Facebook, which is not mandatory but which will both remind you and handle pesky time zone calculations for you.

Anyway, the streaming service that has served us so well for the past couple of years is no longer an option, so this year I’m trying something new.

To make sure everything goes smoothly the night of the stream, I’m going to hold a brief test stream tomorrow, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Again, just come to this very site at the appointed time. The stream will last for about an hour, and while there won’t be any music or host segments or anything like that, I’ll stream two specials that I haven’t been able to find a place for in the past. One is indeed Xmas themed. The other…is a special.

If you’re bored tomorrow at 7 p.m. Eastern, pop in and help me test the new setup. Otherwise, I’ll see you Dec. 8 for the sixth consecutive year I’ve punished you for simply being alive near Christmas.



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