Stephen Colbert Sings a Batman Christmas Medley

We all know the famous (infamous?) Batman version of “Jingle Bells.” Well, Stephen Colbert-host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert– and his band leader Jon Batiste have some some beef with that song due to Batman losing the Joker and Robin having strange egg-laying powers. But no worries, because they have done a medley of Bat-themed Christmas songs to wash away the stench of defeat from Batman’s “Jingle Bells” adventure.

Colbert and Batiste on why they have some issues with the lyrics: “Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg. The Batmobile lost a wheel and the Joker got away”.

Batiste: “It’s a sad story, y’know. The Joker got away because Batman had car trouble.”

Colbert: “And, also, Robin ovulated somehow. They kind of gloss over how the egg got out of Robin, but it’s a pretty upsetting image when you think about it.”

But have no fear because Colbert and Batiste came up with few new Batman-related Christmas carols. “The First Batman” is sung to the tune of “The First Noel;” “Arkham’s Hero, Batman Sings” is sung to the tune of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing;” and the untitled song that lists all of the recent Batman actors, is sung to the tune of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Check out the full video below to see how a proper Batman Christmas celebration is done.

Eric Lee

Eric Lee hails from San Francisco, California and has been one of the biggest fans of Batman since he was 2 years old when his dad showed him Tim Burton's 'Batman' on a fuzzy VHS. Currently, Eric is an avid comic book reader and writer and illustrator working on his own graphic novel. You can see his doodles at