I’ve never been a fan of political boycotts of entertainment products, which can hurt workers who have nothing to do with the leftist views that studio bosses or stars spew. But I understand why many conservatives might not want to give their entertainment dollars to people who call them racist Nazis and want to put them in reeducation camps.
Still, we all desperately need some entertainment, to take our minds off of politics for a while, and to give to like-minded folks on our gift lists.
That’s why we’ve created this list of entertainment gift options. We’ve compiled some of the best music, movies, comedy DVDs, downloads and more to keep your spirits up, created by people who deserve your support. They are either openly conservative, Christian, defiantly non-PC or at least non-partisan (and that takes courage in this “mouth the leftist line or else” age.) As a bonus, we’ve included links to performances on my TBN show, so this gift guide will be more entertaining than any current late night TV show.
This are all great entertainment products of high quality that won’t insult your beliefs or enrich people who do. Unfortunately, you won’t hear most of them much on the radio or network TV. Why should these creators struggle to get noticed by liberal Hollywood gatekeepers when there are at least 73 million of us who should be supporting their work?
This is by no means a comprehensive list. I'm naturally partial to people who are close to me and who've appeared on my show. Being on the list doesn’t imply that a performer holds any particular political or religious beliefs, other than not being hostile to others’ freedom to do so. If you’d like to suggest others, feel free to add them in the comments.
And remember, many of these are indie artists and studios that don’t have distribution through Amazon, so it might take a little time for orders to be filled. Please order well in advance for pre-holiday delivery.
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BOOKS AND MUSIC FROM THE “HUCKABEE” FAMILY
To begin with, let me give a plug to my projects and to my family and my newsletter family, who have some side projects that would make terrific Christmas gifts.
My latest book is “The Three Cs That Made America Great: Christianity, Capitalism and the Constitution.” Get it while all three are still legal:
You also can’t go wrong with my perennial and non-political Christmas bestseller, “A Simple Christmas”:
…And my book for children, “Can’t Wait ‘Till Christmas,” with terrific illustrations by Jed Henry.
For one of the few books that gives you a true, reliable look behind the scenes at the Trump Administration, pick up my daughter Sarah’s bestseller, “Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House.”
My longtime writer/researchers, Laura Ainsworth and Pat Reeder, also have some side projects that make perfect gifts.
Laura is a fantastic retro lounge/jazz singer whose late father Billy Ainsworth played with Tommy Dorsey, Freddy Martin and other major big bands. She has three terrific CDs so far (her debut, “Keep It To Yourself;” the film noir-inspired “Necessary Evil;” and the multi-award-winning “New Vintage”) plus an audiophile vinyl best-of LP, “Top Shelf,” all cut with some of the top jazz musicians in Texas. If you like gorgeous vocals and sophisticated midcentury-style music in the Julie London/Peggy Lee mode, you’ll love Laura. Her website is www.lauraainsworth.com and her albums and merch are here.
Here’s Laura singing a classic tune from “New Vintage” with Tre Corley and the Music City Connection on “Huckabee”.
Before they joined me, Pat and Laura wrote their own topical radio service, The Comedy Wire. They used over 600 hilarious-but-true news stories from it to illustrate nine dumb mistakes everyone makes for their fall-down-funny self-help spoof, “Nine Hallmarks of Highly Incompetent Losers” (I wrote the foreword.) If you like “In Case You Missed It,” you’ll love this book.
Laura also co-wrote with her friend, singer/songwriter Bill Sanner, a memoir of his years on a US Navy submarine in the ‘70s. “The Sub-Par Adventures of Snakebite and Stonefinger” is a funny and moving glimpse into the rarely-revealed lives of submariners. They’re out of touch with their loved ones for months at a time, on the far side of the world and under the ocean, sometimes pulling pranks to keep themselves sane. The book was embraced by submariners who invited Laura and Bill to entertain at their national convention. It’s a perfect gift for submariners, or any Navy vets or military family members.
MORE MUSIC CD’s
There are more artists in the country, gospel and Christian pop/rock fields who fit our criteria than we can list, but here are just a few of our favorites...
Larry Gatlin: A special friend of mine and of our show. Here he is with the Gatlin Brothers, doing a great tune, “Americans, That’s Who” on “Huckabee”: https://youtu.be/YPcQVMhXtFg Their incredible music can be found here (even autographed copies).
Charlie Daniels: The late singer/multi-instrumentalist was a great friend of my show, a patriot and tireless supporter of veterans. His music will live forever, and you can find it here. You can also support his organization to help returning wounded warriors here.
John Conlee: One of country music’s most distinctive voices is a true friend and fundraiser to veterans and first responders. Here he is performing “Jesus, Take A Hold” in an Internet-only exclusive. Both his classic hits and his new music can be purchased here.
John Rich: The country singer/songwriter and proud “freedom-loving patriot” hosts his own show on Fox Nation. His single “Earth to God” might be the song of the year. His music and merch with Big & Rich are here and his Redneck Riviera merchandise is here.
Ricky Skaggs: A good friend and one of the greatest bluegrass musicians ever. Here he is on my show. And you can find his recordings and his great memoir, “Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music,” at his website.
T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang: These husband-and-wife stars are two of my best friends and great talents together and solo. Here’s T.G.’s shopping site, with his and Kelly’s album “Iconic Duets” and his latest, “Midnight in Memphis." And here’s a great song from it on “Huckabee,” “I Wanna Live Like Elvis."
This is Kelly’s website with all her music and merchandise, including her latest album, “Old Soul." And a classic song from it that she performed on my show:
Travis Tritt: An outspoken patriot who isn’t afraid to speak his mind loud and clear on social media. Also one of the greatest country/rock performers ever. Music and merchandise (including camo T-shirts) here.
Robert Davi: If Laura Ainsworth’s CDs get you in the mood for candlelight and cocktails, then check out “Davi Sings Sinatra: On The Road To Romance." One of our finest actors and an outspoken conservative, Davi also has a terrific singing voice, as he’s shown by swinging some standards on my show with Tre and the band.
Also great for the holidays, Robert’s CD single, “New York City Christmas."
Chris Christian: A monumental figure in pop and Christian music, his CDs are here and his inspiring new book, “A Grandmother’s Prayer: Moments in a Music Life,” is pn Amazon here.
Junior Brown: From country to rockabilly to surf guitar with Jimi Hendrix licks tossed in, the inventor and master of the “guitsteel” is unclassifiable musically. But everything he records is terrific, and he’s also a Texas icon and a real Christian gentleman.
Finally, there aren’t many rock stars who dare to stray from the leftist line, but two who do are…
Kid Rock: https://kidrock.com/pages/music
Ted Nugent: My hunting buddy and the fastest guitar slinger in the USA. Here he is during the pandemic in a miracle of technology, playing “Cat Scratch Fever” with me and the band, all of us many miles apart: And here’s his store with all his albums.
(Warning: Language advisory on some of the Kid Rock and Ted Nugent albums!)
COMEDY CD’s, DVD’s AND DOWNLOADS FROM MY TV GUESTS
There are some great clean comedians out there who don’t traffic in politics, and many have entertained us on “Huckabee.” Here are a few who have CDs or DVDs for sale...
Rik Roberts: If you’ve been in our studio audience and were hustled into your seat by Deputy Barney Fife, then you’ve met Rik. He also warms up our crowds with his hilarious jokes, impersonations and comedy songs. Here he is on the show: https://youtu.be/C9dlYEdj-qg. You can find his CDs and more at www.RikRoberts.com.
Corey Rodrigues: Helped us keep stand-up comedy alive during the pandemic with his routine about men and tools: https://youtu.be/XgX1j5kwIYk. You can download his album “My Turn” at www.coreyrodrigues.com.
Dana Daniels: The comic magician is equal party funny and amazing: https://youtu.be/r7yUv_aX-iw. He has a DVD called “It’s A Bird” featuring his own magic plus tricks kids can learn to do. They’ll love those and Dana’s pet/partner, “Luigi the Psychic Parrot.” Get autographed copies at www.DanaDaniels.com.
Ivan Pecel: If you think your Zoom meetings from home are stressful, imagine if you also had to juggle a bowling ball, a hatchet and a raw egg: https://youtu.be/OinrOKi3pQo. The amazing comedy juggler’s DVD, “More Things You Can’t Do,” is at http://ivanpecel.com/site/store/
Jonnie W.: He got laughs on “Huckabee” describing his no-carb, high-protein diet (the bacon at Cracker Barrel “is like a hug from Jesus.”) https://youtu.be/NaS8P7a_gh0. But he’s also known for hilarious comedy songs. His full live show is on CD, DVD and download at https://www.jonniew.com/store.html.
Robert G. Lee: The Christian comic who performs the whole Bible in six minutes: https://youtu.be/QKcOv-dmHzA. You’ll find his concert DVDs and his movie, “Can I Get A Witness Protection?” at www.robertglee.com.
Zoltan Kaszas: During the pandemic shutdown, he was gracious enough to let us air part of his Drybar special, with his routine on why cats are better than dogs (which I will dispute to the death.) https://youtu.be/2UBHkMBmTWg. His album “Ten Thousand Pieces” (and his “Cat Person” T-shirts) are at https://www.zoltancomedy.com
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BIG NAME COMEDIANS
Some of these comics are openly conservative, others just refuse to cower before the PC cancel culture. Some do mostly clean material, while others are for adult ears only, so buyer beware. I can’t guarantee that all their material is family-friendly, but those more likely to use edgy material or bleepable words are marked with an asterisk (*).
* Adam Carolla: A fierce fighter for free speech, his latest book is “I’m Your Emotional Support Animal.” His documentary with Dennis Prager, “No Safe Spaces,” is on the movie list and a must-see. All of Adam’s books and other merchandise are at www.AdamCarolla.com.
* Adam Sandler & Crew: Sandler shies away from any political statements but reportedly donated to Rudy Guiliani’s presidential campaign. His many movies employ a stock company of his former “SNL” co-stars from an era when that show was funny, and many of them are known for conservative, or at least anti PC-hivemind attitudes. They include Dennis Miller (Sandler’s mentor on “SNL”), Norm MacDonald, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Jon Lovitz, who famously blasted Democrat anti-business policies for making it difficult to keep his comedy club afloat. They have many, many movies and concert CDs and DVDs among them, some more family-friendly than others. Just search for your favorites.
Sandler fans seeking something more family-friendly might like this box set of the three “Hotel Transylvania” animated movies: https://www.amazon.com/Hotel-Transylvania-Movie-Collection-Disc/dp/B07GJ14T13
Blue Collar Comedians: Leaders of the genre known as “redneck comedy” or “blue collar comedy,” Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy have many movies, TV shows and best-selling stand-up comedy DVDs. You can find tons of DVDs, books, T-shirts and other merchandise at their individual websites, or get them all together with the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour Three-Pack” or “Ultimate Blue Collar Comedy Tour Collection” here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=jeff+foxworthy+dvd&ref=nb_sb_noss
Jeff Foxworthy: http://www.jefffoxworthy.com
Bill Engvall: https://billengvall.com/store
Larry The Cable Guy: https://www.larrythecableguy.com (Larry even sells branded boxer shorts, knives and cornbread mix.)
Ron White: https://tatersalad.com/store
* Bob Zany: One of the funniest men on the planet, as you can see from his appearance on my show: https://youtu.be/lpi8aQYas2g. You can find his hilarious CDs on iTunes (https://www.apple.com/us/search/Bob-Zany?src=globalnav) and the documentary “Bob Zany: Close But No Cigar” (with bonus comedy show disc) on DVD at https://www.amazon.com/Bob-Zany-Close-But-Cigar/dp/B00QGAOMIE And check out his website at www.bobzany.com.
Chonda Pierce: A regular at “Huckabee” and one of the funniest people in the world, Chonda has many best-selling stand-up DVDs, books, documentaries and other goodies at her website: https://shop.chonda.org.
Colin Quinn: The former “SNL” cast member found his niche creating funny and thoughtful shows inspired by history. “Long Story Short” is his look at the history of the world: https://www.amazon.com/Quinn-Colin-Long-Story-Short/dp/B005MRMF2M …And “Unconstitutional” is about America’s founding document (both can be viewed free on Amazon Prime, but are available on DVD for gift-giving): https://www.amazon.com/Colin-Quinn-Unconstitutional/dp/B07DS1NKYQ
Dennis Miller: The king of conservative humor and obscure pop culture references, his latest special from 2018, “Fake News, Real Jokes,” is on DVD: https://www.amazon.com/Dennis-Miller-Fake-News-Jokes/dp/6317838992
There’s also a boxed set of seven of Miller’s HBO specials: https://www.amazon.com/Dennis-Miller-HBO-Comedy-Specials/dp/B001PSVHN0
Evan Sayat: Overtly conservative and political, Evan makes serious points with humor. Praised by everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Dennis Miller. His special “A Deplorable Mind” is available as a download: https://www.amazon.com/Evan-Sayet-Deplorable-Mind/dp/B06XPY8CR2
Jackie Mason: One of the funniest men in history, and so hilariously brutal in his assaults on leftist orthodoxy that his many show titles on DVD include “Politically Incorrect,” “Fearless” and “An Equal Opportunity Offender”: http://www.jackiemason.com/store.cfm
Jeff Allen: One of the most popular clean comics in America, Jeff has been a repeat guest on “Huckabee” and traveled with me to Israel. His uproarious comedy specials such as “Happy Wife, Happy Life” and “Lock the Door” are available on CD and DVD at https://www.jeffallencomedy.com/store/
Ray Stevens: A great friend of the show, and legendary both as a musician and a musical comedian. Here he is on “Huckabee” doing his latest, “The Quarantine Song”: https://youtu.be/Ep1N396L1nA You can find his merchandise, CDs and DVDs of both his classic hits and recent recordings at https://shop.raystevens.com/.
Rich Little: The King of Impressionists and one of my favorite guests (when you have Rich, you have every celebrity at once.) Autographed copies of Rich’s books about his amazing career, plus CDs and DVDs of live shows and his classic TV series and prints of his fantastic portraits of fellow celebrities are all at www.TheRichLittle.com.
* Ricky Gervais: The most feared man in Hollywood for his Golden Globes monologues puncturing pompous, spoiled liberal celebrities. He’s also hilariously un-PC on Twitter and unafraid to skewer the “cancel culture” mob with his rapier wit. Gervais has many movies, TV shows and comedy specials, but warning: he’s irreverent, atheistic and often potty-mouthed. If you’re a fan of NBC’s “The Office,” you might want to see how he invented the genre of squirming discomfort humor with the original BBC series on DVD (not as “nice” as the US version): https://www.amazon.com/s?k=ricky+gervais+dvd&i=movies-tv&crid=1J83YC93I0RCN&sprefix=Ricky+Gervais%2Cmovies-tv%2C180&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-a-p_1_13
Rita Rudner: This hilarious and elegant lady keeps smut and politics out of her act. Her brilliant wit has earned her the longest-running solo comedy show in Las Vegas. Another of my favorite TV guests. You’ll find her books, movies and DVDs here: http://www.ritarudner.com
Tim Allen: He has many great movies, including all three “Santa Clause” films in one box: https://www.amazon.com/Santa-Clause-3-Movie-Collection/dp/B001DPHDBA
Two of Tim’s early classic specials that inspired “Home Improvement” are available on one DVD: https://www.amazon.com/Tim-Allen-Comedy-Dynamics-Collection/dp/B076BKDWFQ/
There’s also the complete DVD series of “Home Improvement” packed in a toolbox: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Improvement-Complete-Seasons-Collector/dp/B00TPW68CI
And six seasons of the only conservative sitcom on network TV, “Last Man Standing” (individual seasons available separately): https://www.amazon.com/Last-Man-Standing-Complete-Seasons/dp/B07FTNF3N1
Steven Crowder of “Louder With Crowder” is mostly found on YouTube and other streaming outlets, but if you like his rightward humor, you can support him by buying his T-shirts and other merchandise: https://www.louderwithcrowdershop.com/
MOVIES THAT DON’T INSULT YOU
Not all movies are CGI smash-‘em-ups or dramas about how evil and greedy business people are. Some great movies are now being made for conservative, Christian and pro-life audiences. Here are a few you shouldn’t miss and that would make excellent gifts for your like-minded friends and relatives.
“Climate Hustle 2”: This documentary casts a skeptical eye on apocalyptic climate change predictions. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo, who with his wife Sam is one of the best friends of our show. Kevin is leading a box office revolution by producing and acting in a number of high quality, faith-based films. You can check out all his projects at www.kevinsorbo.net and get “Climate Hustle 2” on DVD here: www.climatehustle2.com.
“Divided Hearts of America”: NFL great Benjamin Watson visited “Huckabee” to discuss his documentary on the divide over abortion. His books are at www.thewatsonseven.com and you can purchase the film as a streaming download at https://salemnow.com/divided-hearts-of-america/
“Free Burma Rangers”: A gripping documentary about a Christian humanitarian organization that faces impossible odds to rescue children in war zones. Available as a download: https://www.amazon.com/Free-Burma-Rangers-David-Eubank/dp/B0876N9341
“God’s Not Dead 2”: How could I not include the movie I was actually in? The entire three-film “God’s Not Dead” series is now available in a single DVD collection: https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Not-Dead-3-Movie-Collection/dp/B07DVM7QHZ
“Gosnell”: This 2018 real-life horror film about abortionist/serial killer Kermit Gosnell was directed by Nick Searcy, an actor so good he continues landing great roles in Hollywood despite his in-your-face conservative beliefs. The media tried to hide this film, the same way they tried to hide Gosnell's crimes, but they failed both times. “Gosnell” is on DVD here: https://www.amazon.com/Gosnell-Americas-Biggest-Serial-Killer/dp/B07KBQN1MM
At his website, Nick Searcy also sells boxes of his own fine cigars: http://www.nicksearcy.com
He’s building a pro-America, family-friendly Netflix-like streaming entertainment service free of politics and leftist Hollywood gatekeepers. Target launch date is next March, and it will be called Creado, so watch out for that.
“Home Sweet Home”: Stars Natasha Bure and Ben Elliot dropped by “Huckabee” to promote this light, fun romantic comedy with an underlying Christian message. Available as a download here: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Sweet-Natasha-Bure/dp/B084X4P3KN/
…Or with a subscription to PureFlix, the streaming service with hundreds of family-friendly and faith-based films: https://app.pureflix.com/videos/311474214649/home-sweet-home
“I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland”: A stunning, faith-based historical biography filmed in the actual places where it happened. Star John Rhys-Davies visited “Huckabee” to talk about it. Now available on DVD, only at www.iampatrick.com.
“I Can Only Imagine”: The mega-hit based on the true story behind the biggest-selling Christian single of all time, written by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard about his relationship with his father. The 2018 Dove Award winner for “Inspirational Film of the Year.” https://www.amazon.com/Can-Only-Imagine-Madeline-Carroll/dp/B07BLJ4MD7
“I Still Believe”: The inspiring true story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and how his faith was tested by tragedy. Featuring Huck’s Hero Gary Sinese: https://www.amazon.com/I-Still-Believe-Gary-Sinise/dp/B085RR61P9
“Infidel”: One of the most powerful faith-based dramas of the year, starring “The Passion of the Christ’s” Jim Caviezel. It’s still in theaters but will be available to buy streaming on December 1st or preorder the DVD available December 15, both at www.infidel911.com.
“Jesus”: The spectacular Broadway-style production seen by over 1 million people, filmed in front of a live audience (originally a Fathom Event.) https://www.sight-sound.com/store/95
Trailer for “Jesus”: https://youtu.be/Wrbpv7LRknE
“No Safe Spaces”: Possibly the most important documentary of the year, as Adam Carolla, Dennis Prager and other guests take on campus speech police and rising threats to our First Amendment rights. To stream the film or get it on DVD, visit www.nosafespaces.com.
“The Last Full Measure”: One of the best dramas of the year, a true story of military heroism and deep state skullduggery, features an all-star cast, including my wonderfully gracious TV guest, Diane Lane. Now on DVD and Blu-Ray.
“Trump Card”: The latest documentary from conservative filmmaker/author Dinesh D’Souza is an expose of the socialism, corruption and gangsterization that now define the Democratic Party. You can order it on DVD, along with his books and other movies, at www.DineshDsouza.com.
“Unplanned”: The movie that Hollywood and social media tried and failed to abort, it’s the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who had a pro-life conversion after seeing what abortion really was and how PP operates. With a great lead performance by Ashley Bratcher, who appeared on “Huckabee.”
“You Can’t Take My Daughter”: The true story of Analyn Megison, founder of Hope After Rape Conception, who fought to prevent her rapist from taking her baby. Available as a download from Amazon, the film also stars Kirstie Alley, who deserves our support after being viciously attacked by her former colleagues in Hollywood for supporting President Trump: https://www.amazon.com/CANT-DAUGHTER-ANALYN-MEGISON-STORY/dp/B084V11VV2
Finally, speaking of conservative celebrities who dare to speak their minds, they aren’t promoting specific projects at the moment, but check out @jonvoight on Twitter and Scott Baio’s website (https://www.scottbaio.com) and his commentary videos on YouTube.
Also, show your support for Antonio Sabato and enjoy a terrific read by buying his inspiring book about his family’s escape from communist-dominated Czechoslovakia, “Sabato: The Untold Story”: https://www.amazon.com/Sabato-Untold-Story-Antonio-Jr/dp/B08FP9XBW8