Richard Pryor's Cantina: 'Star Wars Bar' on 'The Richard Pryor Show'
The Richard Pryor Show featuring aliens
from the Mos Eisley Cantina
And you thought Wuher and Bea Arthur were the only Cantina owners... In 1977,
comic genius Richard Pryor made a production-deal with NBC for an evening
comedy and variety show. Pryor had already done several successful specials
for the station. The show starred himself, Sandra Bernhard, Robin Williams,
and several other up-and-coming comedians. It was much like Saturday Night
Live, with hilarious skits throughout the program. One of these skits was
'Star Wars Bar'. Richard Pryor plays the owner of the Cantina, and all the
Cantina regulars are there: Hammerhead, Figrin D'an the Barquin, Ponda Baba,
and many more. In fact, these were the actual costumes from the movie, used
with permission from Lucasfilm.
The clip, although extremely funny, is not among Pryor's best, but it is
still a must-see for Star Wars fans. The most impressive are the costumes
(sadly, it's too dark to see if there are any costumes not used in the movie),
but it is the idea of having Richard Pryor interact with the aliens and being
in the Star Wars universe that is the funniest. Another interesting
fact, I'm pretty sure that this was done before the Holiday Special, so Pryor
is in fact the second owner of the Mos Eisley Cantina.
'The Richard Pryor Show' was too racy for NBC's standards, so they quit the
show after only about seven or eight episodes. Despite its huge (but short)
success, the show was great; but due to some of the content of the episodes,
clips like 'Star Wars Bar' have been seen only rarely.
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