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‘Bob’s Burgers’ star John Roberts made an amazing Christmas video years ago

Make it nice around the tree. 


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Nov 17, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 4:54 am CDT

John Roberts is the voice of Bob’s Burgers matriarch Linda Belcher, but long before the wild success of the animated show, he was an early YouTube star. And it’s time to revisit one of his masterpieces.

In 2006, Roberts wrote and starred in a clip called “The Christmas Tree.” It illustrates the life cycle of a Christmas tree, as told by Roberts’s brassy mom character, which is apparently an homage to his own Brooklyn-born mother.

Roberts called back to the clip in a Bob’s Burgers episode, too.

He starred in several more clips, in which his character gives amazing mom-ologues. It’s interesting to see how he evolved into Linda.

Screengrab via Adult Swim

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*First Published: Nov 17, 2014, 1:16 pm CST