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Carrie Fisher’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ episode from 1978 is a must-watch

Her comedic side really shines.

 

Michelle Jaworski

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Published Dec 28, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 7:49 am CDT

Fans are taking a deep dive into decades of Carrie Fisher’s work after her death Tuesday, and while Star Wars, her memoirs and novels, and her one-woman show Wishful Drinking are on top of many lists, her comedic turn on Saturday Night Live is well worth a revisit.

Fisher only hosted SNL once, on Nov. 18, 1978—about 18 months after A New Hope’s release turned her into a household name—with musical guest the Blues Brothers, with whom she would later star in a movie. And it was Princess Leia she embraced as she walked out onto the main stage decked out in Leia’s famous Star Wars costume. She even had a Bantha joke fresh from Obi-Wan Kenobi.

After the monologue, Fisher—still donning Leia’s trademark buns—is transported to a cheesy ’50s teen beach movie complete with a fitting costume change and a musical ode to Obi-Wan Kenobi. And if anyone can handle a skeevy Bill Murray character, it’s Leia (and Fisher).

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While it’s not one of SNL’s most famous episodes, it’s certainly gotten some love from fans over the years—even before Fisher’s death.

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You can watch Fisher’s full SNL episode with a Hulu or Seeso subscription or purchase it through Amazon Video for $1.99. A full transcript of the episode is also available.

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Dec 28, 2016, 8:44 am CST