8:00am PT by Ryan Parker
'Star Wars': Richard Pryor Once Bartended at the Mos Eisley Cantina
The skit is as glorious as it is bizarre and random.
The late, legendary actor Richard Pryor once bartended at the Mos Eisley Cantina — or at least he pretended to for laughs.
In a lost clip from the short-lived Richard Pryor Show, the iconic stand-up slings drinks in a seedy space bar meant to resemble the classic watering hole from 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope.
There are numerous laugh-out-loud moments as Pryor talks sports with some aliens, tells others to get a room, eyeballs a view and finally gets into a fight with a customer. And yes, Pryor does use the N-word once.
The highly controversial, hourlong comedy-variety show only ran for four episodes in 1977 before it was pulled by NBC.
The Star Wars skit is just that much more remarkable when considering that apparently A New Hope publicist Charles Lippincott actually allowed the show to use the film's costumes as a marketing gimmick, which he explained previously on Facebook.
"I made a conscious decision to reach different audiences with these different vehicles," Lippincott wrote of the Pryor skit, the Star Wars themed Donny & Marie Show and the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.
The highly anticipated latest saga installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opens Thursday night.
Check out the Pryor skit below.