The 2020 iteration of Everett Bradley’s holiday funktacular comes to fans in the form of Holidelic: Home With Papadelic, hosted by Bradley himself in the comfort of his own home. Bradley plays the role of Papadelic, Funk’s Father Christmas, a mashup of George Clinton and Santa Claus, who goes to the videotape deck for an engaging strut down Santa Claus Lane.
On Thursday, December 17, Bradley will pour over performances from the past that are heavy on the funk, featuring holiday-themed songs written by Bradley and brought to life by an array of top shelf noise makers.
I wanted to create something that would celebrate the idea of being at home, but also the excitement that the holiday season brings. To be transparent, this special was actually somewhat inspired by the pandemic, but I didn’t want to give it any credit. We’re just trying to keep it all positive.Everett Bradley, Papadelic
Holidelic was originally slated for a newly established five-week holiday run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Manhattan’s West Village, as part of a new 2020 partnership. This year, The Lucille Lortel Theatre will present a virtual Holidelic experience that will be redirected straight into our homes in the interest of public safety, but not at the expense of some real Yuletide fun.
Newly directed by acclaimed writer and director, Michael Heitzman, the COVID-19 revision of the much-loved funk revue now has an opportunity to do good at a time when it’s needed most. The show will be free for all to watch and all donations will go to the SAY Organization (Stuttering Association for the Young), a favorite charity of both Bradley’s and The West Village’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.