Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Top 5 Star Wars Bits

Greg Morton Live  @ Chicago Laugh Factory Aug 6-9
A long time ago in a city far, far away, a guy named George Lucas created a beloved trilogy that not only reinvented the fantasy/action film genre, but also birthed a generation of nerdy comics who loved the movies and in a completely unrelated matter, didn’t get laid until their mid-20s. It’s been 37 years since the original film came out, 14 years since the prequels were released, and in 2 years Star Wars episode VII will be in theaters. In that time span, comedians have written a lot of Star Wars jokes. Much like the movies themselves, some were great, some were bad, and some of them relied way too heavily on Jar Jar Binks. Below are 5 of the great ones. Enjoy, and may the force be with you.

Greg Morton: Some Star Wars jokes are smart observations and some are furious rants, but Greg Morton’s Star Wars joke is something else entirely. Sit back and watch the master as he does things with his mouth that would make a Sarlacc blush. If you want to see Greg live, he’ll be at Laugh Factory Chicago from August 6th to the 9th!

Patton Oswalt: For all the negative things that people say about the prequels, they sure generated a lot of comedy. Patton Oswalt’s time-travel fantasy of murdering George Lucas almost makes sitting through the movies worth it, just to get the references.

Eddie Izzard: Eddie’s looking his best in his classic 2002 comedy special “Circle.” His “Death Star Canteen” bit is a flawless piece of comedy. What Eddie does best is take a simple concept such as “there must be a cafeteria on the Death Star” and turn it into something unforgettable.

Arj Barker: While he may be most recognizable for playing the role of “Dave” on Flight of the Conchords, Arj Barker is an incredible comedian. In this clip he takes hack comedy and applies it to the world of Star Wars. Oh, and when you’re done reading this article, go watch a bunch more Arj Barcker videos (I’m waving my hand like a Jedi right now).

Wyatt Cenac: Wyatt Cenac is quickly becoming my favorite comedian. After departing the Daily Show, he’s had more time to focus on standup and his first hour “Comedy Person” is a must-watch. Here he is on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show talking about a black jedi.

BONUS! Richard Pryor:
It’s not stand-up, but no “Top 5 Comedians” list is complete without slipping Pryor in there somewhere. So please enjoy this classic sketch from the pilot of the short lived Richard Pryor Show.

Matt Chiaramonte
Contributing Writer

Matt is a stand up comic, writer, improv actor, staff member of Laugh Factory Chicago and all around good guy.