The 10 best Star Wars-themed Saturday Night Live skits

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Saturday Night Live has been bringing us laughs for more than 40 years, including a number of Star Wars-inspired skits. Here are the top 10.

Saturday Night Live is kicking off its 45th season this weekend — and it should be full of Star Wars-themed laughs.

Star Wars has been a consistent target for the NBC comedy show since the 1970s.

That trend should continue with Episode IX entering theaters in December.

Ahead of SNL’s new season, here’s a look at Saturday Night Live’s 10 most memorable Star Wars-themed skits.

“Nick The Lounge Singer Sings Star Wars Theme”

Feb. 18, 1978

“Star Wars … Nothing but Star Warrrrrrrrrs…”

Nick the Lounge Singer is all energy and bravado, one of Bill Murray’s most iconic “Saturday Night Live” characters.

An episode from early 1978 shows Nick “Winters” — always on theme — performing at a sadsack ski resort while wearing an unzipped jacket, a gold medallion and red cravatt.

He’s closing out his set in style, with a “real hit out of ‘77” — his version of John Williams’ iconic Star Wars theme, with imaginary and ridiculous lyrics added.

Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars, give me those Star Wars, don’t let them end

Star Wars, if they should bar wars, please let these Star Wars stay

And hey! How ‘bout that nutty Star Wars bar? Can you forget all the creatures in there?

And hey! Darth Vader in that black and evil mask, did he scare you as much as he scared me?

Seeing Murray prance and preen to his Star Wars theme is pure bliss, especially with Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s longtime late-night sidekick, on the piano.

The song is so iconic, Oscar Isaac gave it a Force Awakens-inspired acoustic update in 2015.