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Saturday Night Live has been bringing us laughs for more than 40 years, including a number of Star Wars-inspired skits. Here are the top 10.
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Saturday Night Live is kicking off its 45th season this weekend — and it should be full of Star Wars-themed laughs.
Luke, Leia and Han have been a part of “Star Wars” a long time.
A really long time.
“SNL” poked some age-related fun at the ages of the Skywalker Saga’s central cast ahead of the release of The Force Awakens.
The tongue-in-cheek teaser shows a forgetful Han (Taran Killem) getting confused when asked by Finn (Jay Pharoah) where he could find Luke Skywalker.
“I’ll take the early-bird special,” he says.
Meanwhile, Leia (Bobby Moynihan) slips on her reading glasses, talking to herself as she tries, unsuccessfully, to program R2D2.
Luke (Christoph Waltz) uses his lightsabers as a walker and the force to organize his pills.
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“I have a thyroid issue,” he says, “and my father before me.”
Han and Chewy struggle to fly the Millennium Falcon, with the left turn signal perpetually blinking.
And Lando Calrissian (Kenan Thompson) stares out the window, bickering with his wife (Leslie Jones).
“I got on my cape. Shouldn’t have to do no damn chores,” he tells her.
The biggest laughs come when BB-8 rolls past Han and Leia.
“What the f–k was that?” Han Solo asks.
Next: HBO First Look: Star Wars
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HBO First Look: Star Wars
Jan. 12, 2002
George Lucas doesn’t care about your feelings.
… At least not this George Lucas.
The HBO “First Look” skit features some … ahem … unreleased footage from Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which entered theaters in 2002.
One of the biggest storylines about the production involved members of the pop band NSYNC filming sequences for the movie (which was true — the scenes were cut).
“SNL” stretched that reality to the max by reimagining NSYNC’s scenes as Star Wars-themed music numbers.
“Just forget about NSYNC. You won’t even notice them,” Lucas (Darrell Hammond) says.
But there’s NSYNC — episode host Josh Hartnett and castmembers Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Horatio Sanz and Jeff Richards — dancing and gyrating with their lightsabers.
“In order to save the university from tyranny and oppression, we have to … let NSYNC kick the funk out, nizzety-new-school style,” Obi-Wan Kenobi (Seth Myers) says.
The boy bandmates sing:
Oh girl, it ain’t over yet/ You’ve come to zap my heart like you were Boba Fett
Without you, I feel so alone/ Like I was attacked, attacked by clones
I’m a Jedi knight, in these Jedi days/ I can’t forget these Jedi ways
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
These words are fresh, I think you’re dope/Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, cause you’re my only hope
To top it off, there’s also “cameos” from members of the Jedi Council, including Alf, Mayor McCheese, Harry Potter, Cartman from South Park, and Monica Lewinski (Rachel Dratch).
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Next: Shop at Home
Shop at Home Network: Mark Hamill
March 15, 1997
This is one hot item.
A memorable and silly “Shopping at Home Network” skit from 1997 shows Don West (Will Ferrell) and his sidekick Andy Lewis (Chris Kattan) selling Star Wars items.
Unfortunately the Jawa ashtrays are sold out … but Star Wars baseball cards are still available, including Chewbacca as a Milwaukee Brewers second baseman (the fake brand “Binnacle” is a play off of the 1990s cardmaker Pinnacle).
Then it’s time to present the “ultimate Star Wars collectible” — a handcuffed Mark Hamill.
“Apparently we kidnapped him and forced him at gunpoint, which allows us to sell him,” Don says.
They set the price at $80,000 — a steal from his supposed $100,000 value.
“If you’re at home, you can make your own Star Wars sequels with a camcorder,” Andy says.
And this is the real deal.
“I know last year we sold a Hamill that turned out to be a Bruce Boxleitner,” Don says, referencing the “Babylon 5” and “Tron” actor.
The TV salesmen and callers pepper Hamill with catchphrases, none of which turn out to be his own famous movie sayings.
“May the force be with you.”
“Luke, I am your father.”
And then they ask Hamill questions.
Is C3PO gay? What was Yoda really like?
Eventually a famous, familiar voice calls in from Hollywood to buy Hamill. While Hamill is sold out, R2D2 actor Kenny Baker is next — for $3,000.
Next: Star Wars Auditions
Star Wars Auditions
Nov. 21, 2015
Yes, the formula has been done before — Star Wars screen tests.
But it’s still funny, especially when big names are connected.
Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was enlisted to introduce the segment, which shows a mix of actual Force Awakens stars — Daisy Ridley and John Boyega — and celebrity impersonations.
Ridley is seen reading alongside Sofia Vergara (Cecily Strong).
“I love Meenions, the little yellow guys,” Vergara says. “They are so funny. You can’t understand nothing they say.”
Boyega makes a solo appearance, paging through the script.
“A black Stormtrooper,” he says, laughing. “Yeah, right … a black Stormtrooper!”
Actress Emma Stone appears as herself, reading for Rey.
“I know the Star Wars universe is very diverse,” Stone says. “And I don’t know if you saw the movie Aloha, but I can play a very convincing part Asian woman.”
George Lucas (Bobby Moynihan) orders a staffer to get him a Coke Zero.
“I find your lack of Coke Zeros disturbing,” Lucas says.
Michael Buble serenades Ridley with “Makin’ Whoopie.”
Shaquille O’Neal, Javier Bardem, Danny Devito, John Mayer, Dame Maggie Smith, Wynona Judd and Chris Tucker are also spoofed, while David Beckham (Taran Killam) is seen kicking BB-8 like a soccer ball.
Next: Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman monologue
March 4, 2006
Like Carrie Fisher before her, Natalie Portman struggled to break free from her role in the Star Wars universe.
After Portman played Padme Amidala in the three prequel films she was ready to branch out — and prepared to answer every question about Star Wars, cutting through gender stereotypes and showing the haters who’s boss in a 2006 “SNL” monologue.
Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis play ill-informed fans, allowing Portman to put them in their places.
Finesse Mitchell steals the segment with a question of his own.
“Star Wars … what is that?” he asks.
That 2006 episode is best remembered for her “Natalie Raps” digital short
“All the kids looking up to me can suck my d—,” she raps, walking past a girl dressed as Padme.
Portman recorded a similar, updated rap segment for her 2018 appearance on “SNL.”
“Now, I have to ask Natalie, have you seen the new Star Wars movies?” interviewer Beck Bennett asks.
“Well, they’re really good. They’re much better than …”
“Better than what?” she snaps.
And there’s Natalie back in her makeup and outfit as Padme, defending the prequels and Jar Jar Binks.
Next: Star Wars toys
Star Wars Toy Commercial
Dec. 12, 2015
Gotta protect those Star Wars toys!
Toys from the early Star Wars movies are collector’s items now — and adults aren’t quick to forget it.
A mock 2015 “SNL” commercial features interplay between younger and older Star Wars fans. The children want to play with their toys. The adults want to look at them housed in the original packaging.
“Leave them in the box and never touch them!” one of the adults (Bobby Moynihan) says.
Meanwhile, another man (Kyle Mooney) admits he has three of each toy — “one to display, one to open, and one just in case.”
“Why?” a boy asks him.
One of the youngsters asks an adult collector a personal, cutting question.
“Does your wife like toys too?” Ooh.
Meanwhile, Moynihan’s middle-aged fan uses his mouth to blow dust away from a Kylo Ren figure and puts it in his display case as the children watch on.
“Awesome!” he says, giving a thumbs up.
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The kids don’t feel the same way. Why bother collecting the toys if you’re not going to play with them? Maybe in 30 years or so they’ll understand.