May The Force Be with Our Sense of Humor

Lisa Tate

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There seems to be a disturbance in The Force.

Late night television just isn’t very funny anymore, for the most part. Yet, many rotations of the planet ago — and still once in rare while — they can produce some laughs, particularly when they’re celebrating or parodying the Star Wars universe.

In observance of May The Fourth here are some Star Wars themed segments back in a galaxy far, far away when comedy was priority in late night.

As many new women as they introduce in Star Wars, there will never be another Princess Leia, and Carrie Fisher (who excelled in making fun of her own foibles in her life) had a genuine sense of humor. We’ll start with her classic appearance on Saturday Night Live when she and Star Wars were still young:

Even amidst the changes, Star Wars parodies are still some of the better SNL sketches, and the best of the new era is Adam Driver’s appearance as Kylo Ren on Undercover Boss:

…and his “Where Are They Now” follow up:

When David Letterman was still David Letterman, his Top Ten Lists were a Late Night highlight. He even welcomed C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 to help out with “Top Ten Things Never before Said in a Star Wars Film.” The Number One comment is worth the wait:

Jimmy Fallon is at his best when he focuses on music and not politics, and he and house band The Roots did an a capella tribute to the Star Wars Theme with a few cast members from newer and classic trilogies:

I never really watched Conan O’Brien much, but I always appreciated Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Here he is doing what he does best…pooping on pop culture at a premiere of the Star Wars prequel Attack of the Clones:

Whether you’re into the “Old School” Star Wars (like me), or enjoy the ever-expanding universe, remember The Force is always strongest with those us who keep a sense of humor.

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