The Star Wars Franchise is an Easy Target for Laughs.
Through out the history of Star Wars, there has been many parodies, and the list continues to grow and grow with each film. While there are such things as online sketches and YouTube videos. I will be sticking to movies, TV shows, and music videos for this list. So the question stands, what is the best Star Wars Parody?
“The Saga Begins” – Weird Al Yankovic
While I am personally not the biggest Weird Al fan (I know… I know…) this song is masterfully done. Al blends his parody of “The Day the Music Died” with references to Anakin’s life. All while dressed as Obi-Wan from The Phantom Menace. With the mix of his hilarious lyrics, and plenty of aliens dancing. It’s a must see for any Star Wars fan!
“Blue Harvest” – Family Guy
Family Guy is one of the largest cartoons on the planet. So when they made a Star Wars spoof it took the world by Storm. Big props to them for making a lesser known reference to Return of the Jedi’s secret title “Blue Harvest”. While they do integrate the Family Guy story into this piece (being their characters and inside jokes) they still play off of the source material very well.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars
Seth Green may be the biggest Star Wars nerd in the world, and this parody is the proof of that. You know you have created a worthy spoof when George Lucas himself is behind the project. The Robot Chicken team created three parts to their tribute to Star Wars, upping the funny factor each time. From laugh out loud moments, to some of the most quotable lines in comedy, Robot Chicken’s Star Wars parody is a love letter to the franchise!
Of course, we have to end with the one that started it all. Spaceballs is more of a parody of everything happening in 1987, while telling a Star Wars like story. However, the lines, the jokes, and the characters are far too iconic not to be classified as legendary. From every quotable line like “we’ve been jammed!” to “comb the desert!” this film has left a huge impression on countless people!
I don’t think there is a singular answer to which one is the greatest. It depends on who you are as a fan. Maybe you have long standing memories with Spaceballs, or connect with the humor of Robot Chicken. You could be a follower of Family Guy, or you can’t get Weird Al’s songs out of your head. You can’t spoof the things you hate, you can only spoof the things you love. Star Wars will always be full of love, even if it’s the butt of a joke, there will be emotion.
Honorable mentions include: SNL’s “Under Cover Boss” sketch (Matt straight up SUCKS). Every random Star Wars reference in South Park. And “The Star Wars That I Used to Know” music video.
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Written by Tyler Bucks