Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears – Get ready for the Christmas party of the year! For the 18th year in a row, in an intimate evening full of music, laughter, and special guests, critically acclaimed vocalist Judith Owen and her husband, actor, and humorist Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap) will once again spread their unique brand of yuletide cheer for the 2023 Christmas Without Tears, at home in New Orleans! Festivities will occur Tuesday, December 19th at 8pm at the Orpheum Theater, with all proceeds benefitting Innocence Project New Orleans.
Doors open at 7PM
Show starts at 8PM
A tradition that began in Shearer and Owen’s Santa Monica home, these annual gatherings have grown into a heartwarming house party around the piano that involves and entertains fellow performers and audience members alike. Since 2005, when the first public performance was staged at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to aid the people of New Orleans after The flood, Christmas Without Tears has been a guilt-free way of having fun and giving back: ALL proceeds go to charities, with this year’s New Orleans performance benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans.
A reverent and irreverent antidote to the most stressful of seasons, the evening includes both invited performers and surprise guests who drop into Harry and Judith’s onstage living room and share a song or a joke to bring the holiday spirit to all. Song selections range from the sentimental (“Winter Wonderland” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) to the irreverent (“F&*k Christmas” and “Jesus Was a Dreidel Spinner”). Comics, magicians, and even a somber clown have been welcome additions, adding the perfect mix that makes this a true variety show.