Watch it: Rifftrax The Star Wars Holiday Special

You already know that I have an uncomfortable relationship with Christmas but you may not have known that I have an odd love of bad movies and shows. I think I may have picked it up from watching so much Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was a sad day when they weren’t renewed. But then Rifftrax came along… and they’re fantastic, just jokes overlayed on bad movies; they’ve done away with the puppets, silhouettes and host segments.

Luckily Rifftrax got their hands on a Betamax copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special and gave it a much-deserved riffing. I have no idea what the creators of this Holiday Special were thinking… it’s absolutely insane. Horri-BAD.This time of year, the Rifftrax version of it is essential.

I wasn’t exaggerating when I said it was insane. Allow me to elaborate:

  • Imperial forces push Chewbacca’s family around while he and Han Solo try to make it to Kashyyyk in time for Life Day.
  • Art Carney is a merchant, and secretly a Rebel, who helps Chewie’s family evade the Imperials. He’s part of the comic relief.
  • There’s a holographic not-quite Cirque de Soliel Life Day gift for Chewie’s son Lumpy… yes, his name is Lumpy.
  • Mark Hamill and R2D2 check in for Life Day, doing the ship repair bit.
  • Diahann Carroll sings a sexy song to a malformed, elderly wookie.
  • Harvey Corman plays a multi-armed Julia Childs-like tv chef, an android in an instructional video and a love-stuck alien and is somehow completely un-funny throughout.
  • This is the first introduction of Boba Fett… via cartoon.
  • The Jefferson Starship sings a very lengthy song in holograph form.
  • Bea Arthur is the new bartender at the Mos Eisley Cantina which is being shut down by Imperial forces and only her musical number can induce the patrons to leave.
  • Carrie Fisher and C-3PO are there, too. She even sings a Life Day song at the end.
  • Somehow, Jar Jar Binks isn’t involved this travesty.
  • All in all, the Star Wars Holiday Special is about 2 hours worth of made for tv movie meets variety show. Truly insane but absolutely hysterical with Mike, Kevin and Bill making jokes throughout. See for yourself: Watch Rifftrax Star Wars Holiday Special!