Wondery launches new original podcast ‘Tis The Grinch Holiday Talk Show

A new original podcast from Wondery, ‘Tis The Grinch Holiday Talk Show, features comedian James Austin Johnson as The Grinch.

In each episode, The Grinch sits down with a celebrity guest including Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson East, WWE superstar Cody Rhodes, actress Skai Jackson, fellow SNL-cast member Bobby Moynihan, and comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, who will try to convince The Grinch to embrace the spirit of Christmas.

Also making this holiday season a “treat” for all furry fans of The Grinch, Purina will serve as the presenting sponsor of the show.

“I have always felt a kinship with The Grinch, and while some actors wouldn’t touch this role with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole, I am honoured to be the voice behind everyone’s favourite deplorable character this holiday season,” said James Austin Johnson. “Getting into the character’s shoes – or rather, furry green feet – has been a wild and rewarding ride. I can’t wait for listeners to join us live from Who-Ville for some mischief, and maybe even some fun.”

Following in the footsteps of Boris Karloff, Jim Carrey, and Benedict Cumberbatch to take up this iconic holiday role, James Austin Johnson is a comedian originally from Nashville and a featured cast member on Saturday Night Live.

‘Tis The Grinch Holiday Talk Show is the second series to be announced under a collaboration between podcast studio Wondery and Dr. Seuss Enterprises. The first series, The Cat in the Hat Cast, is a “fantastical variety show-style podcast series hosted by everyone’s favourite red and white hat-wearing Cat.”

The series will be exclusively on Wondery+ on 1 November before becoming widely available from 6 November, with new episodes releasing weekly until 21 December.

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