John reprised his role as Manta Claus in the 2013 edition of Isaac Oliver's Lonely Christmas. The show was selected a project residency at Ars Nova, where Isaac Oliver is a resident artist for the season.
The show was directed by Ars Nova artistic director Jason Eagan, and starred Isaac Oliver. The rest of the cast included Emily Walton, Roe Hartrampf, Dan Loeser, Stacey Sund Abeles, The Gay Agenda, and special guests.
The show is described as follows:
Join gay humorist, pale neurotic and Ars Nova Artist-in-Residence Isaac Oliver for a little holly-jolly-melancholy with his very own classic holiday special. The holiday season, with its great music, crisp weather, and countless opportunities for passed cheese, is best enjoyed with a lover, yes, but a little cheer can still be salvaged for the single. Count down to Santa's arrival with Isaac as he tells brand-new stories in addition to old favorites, with the help of live music, games, special guests, and high falsetto.