Thurl Ravenscroft as Darth Vader: Donnie and Marie Star Wars Sketch

12 May

Not all of us can be lucky enough to attend Star Wars Weekend. But all of us can come together to view the Star Wars sketch from the Donnie and Marie show, thanks to the glory of YouTube.

There was a time when it didn’t seem all that odd to see Paul Lynde, Thurl Ravenscroft, Donnie Osmand, and R2-D2 share a stage. But that time was 1978, and time hasn’t been kind to the video archives.

I wonder if Ravenscroft was there in person, or recorded the sound clips alone, in advance. I’m guessing both he and Anthony Daniels phoned it in.

You don’t want to miss the Stormtroopers entrance at about 6:15, or the lady Stormtroopers who accompany them (apparently they tweaked at least one chromosome to clone this new model). Get ready, ’cause here we come!

A note to our younger viewers: There’s at least one joke that won’t make sense unless you’ve heard of Sanford and Son.

And yes, I’m reasonably sure I saw this in prime time. The fact that it didn’t really make an impression at the time should tell you something about that particular age in television. If you wonder what the really weird stuff was like, try Pink Lady and Jeff.

Hat tip: BoingBoing.

One Response to “Thurl Ravenscroft as Darth Vader: Donnie and Marie Star Wars Sketch”

  1. Marlowe May 13, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    It’s really surprising to see Kris Kristoferson as Han Solo. His core fans then and now must be scratching their heads, trying to figure out why he accepted a gig on the Donnie and Marie show.

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