The Fake Santa is a minor villain in the holiday Christmas movie Elf. It is currently unknown if the Fake Santa was played by Artie Lange in the film.
and He is voiced by Jay Leno in Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas.
The Fake Santa appeared when he greeted the children, especially Buddy. When Buddy came close to the Fake Santa, Buddy didn't think he was the real Santa Claus. Buddy told the Fake Santa that he stunk, he sat on a throne of lies and he smells like beef and cheese. When Buddy tore his fake Santa beard off, the kids screamed in horror and then the Fake Santa got into a big fight with Buddy and started wrecking the decorations, shocking the store manager. The store manager managed to pin the Fake Santa down and was presumely taken away, never to be seen again.
Buddy was arrested for fighting with the Fake Santa and sentenced to 24 hours in jail. But, luckily Walter bails him out.