Hosted by Carrie Fisher


Just one day after the Star Wars Holiday Special, on November 18, 1978, Carrie Fisher hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.  The episode started out with the Blues Brothers' most popular appearance, playing 'Soul Man'.  Then Carrie Fisher came out dressed as Princess Leia to do her monologue, with a small appearance by Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  The first real skit entitled 'Beack Blanket Bimbo From Outer Space' features a group of teens in the fifties, played by Bill Murray, Al Franken, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, and others.  They are propped in a beach setting, set with sand, a sunbrella or two and suits.  Suddenly, Carrie Fisher appears, having traveled to Earth.  The group takes her through a sampling of fifties' stereotypes, and dance to the song 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'.  Dan Aykroyd comes by as 50s horror legend Vincent Price, and even Chuck Berry stops by.
However, the first line of the skit didn't appear in the original broadcast.  But when it became part of a 'Best of SNL' broadcast several years ago, it was included.  You'll note that the audio file above doesn't have the first line.  If you're interested in seeing it, it airs on television every once in a while, and sometimes makes a short run at Star Wars Theatre.

The Blues Brothers sing 'Soul Man' - Carrie Fisher gets ready for her monologue

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