‘Queen of Christmas’ Mariah Carey joined gay comic Billy Eichner for his popular Funny or Die web series, Billy On The Streets. The duo hit the sidewalks of New York City to spread some holiday joy to some very surprised members of the public.
The clip premiered online yesterday. In the segment, Eichner is his usual manic self, accosting people and asking them to complete the lyrics of Christmas classics.
Carey tries to keep up with him, and the juxtaposition of Eichner’s energy, Carey’s fixed grin, and the shock of onlookers, is what makes the 6-minute segment so hilarious. That and the gifts they give away, including a Christmas tree topped with a CD of Carey’s album, Glitter (a Christmas tree topped with glitter, geddit?).
Oh, and kudos to Carey for slipping into Swedish to speak to two Swedes they encounter!
The episode premiered on a very special day for Carey. Her 1994 hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
It’s the first time it has hit the top of the charts. In doing so, it becomes her 19th number one – placing her one behind the Beatles (although Carey has spent 80 weeks at number one compared to the Beatles’ 59 weeks).
It also scores a record as the song to take the longest time to hit number one (25 years!), and means she joins Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Usher in having a number one hit every decade since the 1990s.