Considering he's been a Star Wars fan for at least two weeks longer than most, Stephen Colbert took it upon himself to address the controversy surrounding the film franchise's new and improved lightsaber during last night's Colbert Report. It all makes sense if you know how multiple focusing crystal activators work, and if you don't, you probably shouldn't be debating lightsabers with Colbert.
Last season on Parks and Recreation, Patton Oswalt guest starred in an episode and improvised an eight-minute filibuster as a guy at a city council meeting talking about his dream Star Wars sequel. This week, Nerdist uploaded this animated version of the speech animated by Daniel Spellman. It's the second animated version of the filibuster we've seen. The first, by Isaac Moores, is embedded below:
NBC released this video today of an outtake from comedian Patton Oswalt's upcoming guest appearance on Parks and Recreation. Oswalt is playing a guy trying to filibuster a city council vote, and the Parks producers asked him to improvise a speech, rambling about whatever he wants. So, here he is talking nonstop about his ideal Star Wars sequel for 8 minutes in one continuous take.
"I got up on my high horse! I said, 'Oh, I've never done dinner theater, I've been on Broadway. I've never worn my costume in public for money. How dare they.' And my kids were like, 'Dad, get over yourself. It's The Simpsons, for God’s sake.' Some of the jokes still really stand out, like, 'Talk about Star Wars!' 'I’m happy to talk about Star Wars. But first, I’d like to talk about Sprint.' [Laughs.] And Homer screaming out, 'Shut up, you nerds. He’s trying to save you money on long-distance phone calls.' Look, there’s certain benchmarks in your career, and that’s one of them. Talk about your cultural icons. I just adored The Simpsons…" [...]
The Star Wars Holiday Special is legendary. And like most legendary things, it's hard to praise or criticize. If I say it sucks, you already know that. If I say it's great, okay, it's not great.
Ostensibly, it's supposed to be funny. And in retrospect it kind of is. The jokes all fall so flat it plays as a quasi-canonical Tim & Eric episode. And the cameos — Bea Arthur, Jefferson Starship, etc. — all emphasize a cultural phenomenon spinning completely out of control.