“Haha holy shit, this involved a lot more research than I assumed it would need.”
~AffotD Editor-in-Chief, Johnny Roosevelt
Listen, we’re not new the the concept of writing very unnecessary Star Wars articles that require a lot of research that doesn’t have a real audience. Do you, the reader, really care how many Academy Award nominees have been in Star Wars movies? Of course not. But we still wrote 4,500 words on that topic.
Since that article, the Star Wars universe has expanded greatly, after Disney bought the rights for Disney for $4 billion (if you want to get a sense on how much money doesn’t matter, that is 1/10 of the price that it cost to purchase Twitter, a product that has never made money, while the movies made since the acquisition alone has grossed $5.5 billion in the box office).
Anyway, with all the TV shows and new movies that have come out, we’ve noticed something. There are multiple generations that grew up with the dream of being a part of the Star Wars universe. And there seems to be one way to increase your chances to find yourself cast in a galaxy far, far away.
You have to be a comedian.
Or at least a comedic actor. We went through all of the Star Wars properties, and compiled every actor that we’d deem “a comic actor” who has played a character in that universe. Now, the definition of a comic actor is purely subjective, so we likely missed some people who you might believe should be on this list, while including people you might not view as comic. We don’t care, there’s no ranking, we’re just listing people, and 90% of you will (rightfully) just skim through this. And you should! Spoiler alert, this is going to be longgggggg.
Anyway, here are come funny folks who can officially say they have a Wookipedia entry.
Apparently the Easiest Way to Get a Star Wars Role Is to Be a Comedy Actor
This list is as complete as we could make it, and includes live action films, television series, animated series, and even entries in the Lego Star Wars canon. As a result, this list is too long! It’s almost 6,000 words! Why do we feel the need to be this thorough? Anyway, here you go.
Adam Pally – Bike Scout Trooper #2, The Mandalorian
Adam Pally, who is delightful in Happy Endings (and if you haven’t seen that show, you are missing out) is one of two comedic actors who play bike scout trooper at the end of the first season of The Mandalorian. This is a common trick that the franchise has been doing ever since J.J. Abrams started winking at the audience by doing shit having Daniel Craig play a stormtrooper where you can’t see his face – they love taking famous people and making them unrecognizable as a way to let them say “Hey! I did a Star Wars!”
We honestly don’t mind that. Hell, if we were asked, we’d jump at the chance to do a Star Wars. But the only reason this list is so long is that everything since the prequels have managed to cram in some comic actor that the director of the particular show or movie loves, and this is an example of that.
Alan Tudyk – K-2S0, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lego Star Wars: All Stars
Rogue One is one of those movies that did well when it came out, but as time goes on (and we get more films like The Rise of Skywalker) its legacy gets better and better. One of the surprising emotionally engaging characters in the film is the sarcastic droid K-2S0, voiced by Alan Tudyk, who you know as either Steve the Pirate from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story or as Wash from Firefly, depending if you were a jock or a geek in college.
He also played the character in a Lego-based spin-off show, but as an actor largely known for his comedic work, you might not recognize him as the robot voice of a supposedly emotionless droid.
Amy Sedaris – Peli Motto, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett
Amy Sedaris has been in a slew of comedic roles, from Strangers with Candy to Elf to Bojack Horseman, but of all the comedians on this list, she’s one of the more noticeable roles. She’s not in the universe for a cameo, or covered in makeup, or a voice behind a stormtrooper helmet. She plays a strong comedic relief role in The Mandalorian (and appears in the good parts of The Book of Boba Fett, aka, the parts where that show became just a mini season of The Mandalorian).
She’s not only a comedic actor who got a gig in Star Wars, she’s become a character that people actually dress up as for Halloween. Not bad for a 46-year-old high school student.
Bill Burr – Migs Mayfeld, The Mandalorian
Bill Bar has made a name for himself by being one of those “edgy comics” who has jokes that make you go “you can’t say that!” and is sometimes brought up as an example of what CANCEL CULTURE is trying to take away from the comedy scene.
Never mind that he’s never been close to being cancelled, because he’s an extremely smart and experienced comedian who has built his career by telling edgy jokes that are good, and shrugging off the handful of people who don’t like that style of humor.
Anyway, all of that is to say, Bill Burr, funny. Also Bill Burr…a really good dramatic actor? He puts on a masterclass performance in The King of Staten Island, and had a surprising cameo in Reservation Dogs (he didn’t even have a Boston accent in that!)
Speaking of Boston accents, he made it a point to make it canon that Boston accents exist in a galaxy far, far away.
Burr plays a mercenary and former Imperial sharpshooter in two episodes of The Mandalorian, one as a villain and one as an ally of Din Djarin.
Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz – BB-8, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (and Ben Schwartz as Tay-O, Star Wars: The Bad Batch and a stormtrooper in The Force Awakens)
When J.J. Abrams took over the third trilogy, he decided it would be fun to wink at the audience by putting famous or well-known actors and just make them random no-name stormtroopers. (As previously mentioned, James Bond is now officially part of the Star Wars universe.)
So it’s not super surprising that they had Jean-Ralphio himself play a stormtrooper in The Force Awakens. And it’s not even that surprising that they had him voice a racer droid in a recent episode of the animated series, The Bad Batch. But it felt newsworthy, in a silly way, when it was announced that BB-8, the cute roly-poly droid that beeps at you, was voiced by a combination of Ben Schwartz and Bill Hader.
Were they needed to provide their voices? Not really. Can you get any of their personalities from the performances? Probably not. Has someone written a fan fiction story about how BB-8 was discovered by astronauts millions of years later and his subconscious was then uploaded into the body of a hitman-turned-actor? We really hope so.
Bobby Moynihan – Geezer, Star Wars: Visions (English version), Citizen #2 and Trader, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Pintu Son-El and Young Driver, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Orka and Stormtrooper #3, Star Wars Resistance
SNL alum Bobby Moynihan has randomly done a lot of roles in the Star Wars universe (and has also voiced a character on Star Trek: Lower Decks, making him one of an increasing number of people who have crossed over between Star Wars and Star Trek.
His most substantial role was a 15 episode run in Star Wars: Resistance, an animated children’s show that aired from 2018-2019 on the Disney channel. He played a Chadra-Fan who worked for the Office of Acquisitions, partnered alongside a character portrayed by Community’s Jim Rash (we’ll get to him later).
Brian Posehn – Speeder Pilot, The Mandalorian
Brian Posehn, the well-respected and hugely influential comedian that is recognized by millions of people simply as “the mail guy from Just Shoot Me“) has built much of his brand on nerd lore, including a love of Star Wars that translated into visceral anger when the original trilogy was “mastered” and re-released.
He also got a cameo in the pilot episode of The Mandalorian, so he can forever say “yup, I am a Wookieepedia entry” which might be the highest honor a sci-fi-obsessed comic could ever achieve.
Clint Howard – Ralakili, Solo: A Star Wars Story
Clint Howard, the comedic character actor who even though you see it, it’s hard to believe that he’s Ron Howard’s brother, is probably best known for his work in the Austin Powers movies, or The Waterboy, or any one of his 252 roles that have given him “that guy” status.
He also randomly has played our different characters in four different Star Trek series, and had a small part of the leader of a droid fighting pit in Solo, the Star Wars movie that helped make Lucasfilm think, “Hmm maybe we’ll just stick with TV.”
David Pasquesi – The Majordomo, The Book of Boba Fett
Pasquesi, arguably best known as the sleezy ex-husband of Selina Meyer in Veep, plays an unnamed Twi’lek sleezy majordomo on Tatooine as Boba Fett tries to consolidate his party during the four episodes out of seven that no one cared about since they didn’t involve Din Djarin, a.k.a. Mando.
Donald Faison – Hype Fazon and TIE Pilot #1, Star Wars Resistance and Tactical Droid, Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Scrubs and Clueless star, and famous BFF of Zach Braff, has always been on record as being a huge Star Wars fan, And while he had voiced characters in various Robot Chicken Star Wars specials, he clearly was thrilled when he was tapped to play a character given a homophone of his own name, the ace Rodian pilot, Hype Fazon. He’s also done a few odd voices to nameless characters in both Resistance and other animated series, which seems pretty common for actors on this list for voice work.
Donald Glover – Lando Calrissian, Solo: A Star Wars Story
Glover actually joined Faison as a voice for the third Robot Chicken Star Wars special, but he was much more noticeable as the young Lando Calrissian in Solo. Now, including Glover in this list both makes sense, and doesn’t. He has comedic chops, started as a comedian, then wrote for 30 Rock before making a name for himself in Community. He has recorded stand-up comedy specials, but also has become a Grammy-winning musician, a director and producer, and even though his Emmy-winning work on Atlanta was awarded as a comedy, his performance largely veered everywhere, from aloof to sincerely funny, dramatic to terrifying.
He also played Lando Calrissian in the most forgettable entry into the Star Wars canon (though he doesn’t really shoulder much of the blame for that, by all accounts he was much better than say, cough, some of his co-stars).
Edgar Wright – Resistance Trooper, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
While not credited, the comedic director known best for his work on Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Baby Driver among other films was given a brief cameo in The Last Jedi, and he didn’t even have to wear heavy makeup or a stormtrooper helmet.
Ernie Hudson – Grini Millegi, The Bad Batch
Ernie Hudson, known best from for being a freakin’ Ghostbuster, voiced Grini Millegi, a Dowutin gangster and member of the Ciddarin Scaleback, he runs the races that feature Tay-0 (the Ben Schwartz voiced droid mentioned above).
Eugene Cordero – Stoke, The Mandalorian
Eugene Cordero is another one of those comedic actors who has not had a lot of starring roles, but has been in just about everything. His 125 credits include a lead role in the animated ensemble Star Trek comedy, Lower Decks, a five-episode stint on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a featured role on Marvel’s Loki, and as Pillboi on The Good Place.
He has a pretty straightforward role as Stoke, one of the villagers that fights alongside the Din Djarin to fight off a series of raiders in the first season of The Mandalorian.
Fred Armisen – Lechee, Star Wars Resistance
Armisen joked that he was cast as the stars and planets in the third trilogy, but really he had a one-off episode in Resistance where he played a vender affiliated with the First Order.
French Stewart – N:R30, Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
Remember Third Rock from the Sun? And how French Stewart was briefly famous for his role there? Well he’s the voice of a droid that only warrants a single sentence in a knock-off Star Wars wiki.
Greg Proops – Fode, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Lego Star WarsL The Freemaker Adventures, Jak Sivrak, Garma, Stormtrooper #1, Star Wars Resistance, Tal Merrick, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Best known for his work on Whose Line Is it Anyway, Proops has voiced various characters in a few of the animated shows, but had his biggest part as Fode, one of the two heads of the podrace announcers in The Phantom Menace. They hired him to say things like, “Ohh that’s gotta hurt” and he probably got a lot of money for it, between the movie and the various video games Fode has appeared in.
Horatio Sanz – Mythrol, The Mandalorian
Along with Hader and Armisen, Horatio Sanz is one of the former SNL actors to appear in the Star Wars universe. It’s easy to miss it, as he’s hidden under pounds of makeup to play the alien bounty target Mando tracks in the opening scene of The Mandalorian.
Jack Black – Captain Bombardier, The Mandalorian
In a cameo-studded episode towards the end of the third season of The Mandalorian, Jack Black clearly has a lot of fun chewing scenery as a former (and reformed) Imperial officer who fell in love with the Duchess of the Outer Rim planet Plazir-15, played by Lizzo, who of course falls in love in Baby Yoda.
Some critics had issue with this side-quest episode that leaned in on the silly, but to be fair, the article we linked to is to a pretty garbage site, and the episode was fun. Give us Jack Black treating Lizzo like a queen every week, please.
Jason Sudeikis – Bike Trooper #1, The Mandalorian
Adam Pally’s squadmate in the eighth episode of the first season of The Mandalorian is Jason Sudeikis (the year before the release of Ted Lasso elevated him from Jason Sudeikis to JASON SUDEIKIS). It was a small part that falls in the “just put the actor people recognize under a helmet” genre of cameos.
Jim Rash – Flix and Pirate #3, Star Wars Resistance
As we mentioned earlier, Jim Rash also appeared along side Bobby Moynihan in over a dozen episodes of Resistance. Despite being an actual honest-to-God Academy Award winner, Rash is best known as Dean Pelton on the classic sitcom, Community. Is it fair he’s best known for his pansexual weirdo performance in a critically-acclaimed but under-watched NBC comedy, as opposed to being an Oscar winning writer? On one hand, yes, on the other hand, look at this scene.
John Ratzenberger – Major Derlin, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
Before he was Cliff in Cheers or a voice in just about every Pixar movie you’ve ever seen, Ratzenberger was a little known actor who had spent time in London beginning his acting career and acquiring a handful of relatively small parts, including his role as one of the soldiers in the Battle of Hoth in Empire. A few years later, he established his primary legacy with Cheers (though he’s had a long, storied career since as well) but before he was someone people might recognize on the street, he was just some Rebel soldier. (Oh, and he reprised the role for that Lego Star Wars movie that keeps randomly showing up on this list that we’re sure no one reading this have seen).
Jon Favreau – Paz Vizsla, The Book of Fett and The Mandalorian, Rio Durant, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Pre Vizsla and Warrior Commando, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
If you know who Jon Favreau is (and honestly, most do, he’s had quite an impressive career) you fall into one of two camps. Either you know him for his popular acting roles in everything from Swingers to Chef to getting to hook up with the hot Aunt May in the newer Spider-Man movies but also know that he is a prolific writer and producer (who, to point, wrote both Swingers and Chef before creating The Mandalorian), or you knew the first half of this sentence and the parts that came after have you going, “NO WAY!”
Favreau has never showed his face on camera in any Star Wars production, He’s only done voice work, first as an antagonist member of the Mandalorian Vizsla clan in Clone Wars, then as the voice of a four-armed pilot in Solo, and most recently in The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett (if you saw Season 3, Episode 4 of The Mandalorian, he got to flesh out the character a bit more, but basically he’s the beefy Mandalorian with the big gun. As far as we know, the two Mandalorian characters he has played are not directly related, they just gave the same name as a nod to his work in Clone Wars).
Favreau has become one of the top creative minds behind various Star Wars properties, and before you nerds make a big stink, yes we know the picture we used of an action figure of Favreau is inaccurate as his character isn’t allowed to take off his helmet. And also yes, we know how ironic it is for us, writing THIS article, right after writing an article ranking ALL the Batmans, to be calling anyone a nerd.
Josh Gad – Controller, Star Wars: Rebels
Josh Gad, that actor who has been in weird and mostly-bad comedies and who your kid knows as that happy snowman, was randomly in an episode of one of the animated Star Wars shows as a no-name character for a single episode.
Judah Friedlander – Bar Patron, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
IMDB lists this role as one of the four that Friedlander is “known for” which is honestly a bit of a gut-shot for Friedlander, who broke out as Frank in 30 Rock and has a fairly successful career as a standup and author. Like many on this list, this was likely an instance of someone’s manager asking J.J. Abrams if they could find a spot for their client who loves Star Wars to do a two hour quick cameo shoot, and Abrams was like, “Oh I’ve seen that show, sure.”
Kevin Smith – Inhabitant of Kijimi (uncredited), Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
It makes sense that the writer and director who launched his career with a low-budget surprise hit that included an extended rant about the philosophy of Star Wars would get honored with an appearance in one of the Star War films, though they did take their time making him wait out until the final installment of the last trilogy before making him an arbitrary local you get a glimpse of.
(He’s the guy in the middle.)
Kumail Nanjiani – Haja Estree, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Nanjiani, the guy famous for his wide range of work in things like Silicon Valley or his Oscar-nominated The Big Sick, as well as getting shredded for Marvel, has one of the more substantial roles of the actors on this list, with a three-episode supporting arc as a con man fake-Jedi who begrudgingly develops a heart of gold.
It’s easy to forget, because Obi-Wan is arguably the most forgettable of the Star Wars television series. Not bad, just one that when you’re reminded of its existence you go, “oh right, yeah, I guess I did watch that.”
Matt Berry – 8D8, The Book of Boba Fett
Matt Berry is not the only star of The IT Crowd to voice a droid in a Star Wars TV show (more on that later), but he appears in several episodes of the similar-to-Obi-Wan-in-its-forget-ability Book of Fett as a protocol droid at Jabba’s palace (under new management). To be fair, anyone who has watched him on What We Do in the Shadows knows, deep down, there is no better voice to have for a protocol droid. Or anything really.
Paul F. Thompkins – Flanx, Star Wars Resistance, Rad, Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation
Anyone familiar with Paul F. Thompkins’ extensive and varied comedy career (Bojack Horseman, about a million other comedies, There Will Be Blood, randomly, an assortment of podcasts) see him on this list and think, eh that makes sense. Like, if Patton Oswalt was on this list, you’d be like, yeah, I get that.
(Oswalt is not on this list, though he does voice a bartender in a random short called Star Wars Cantina Karaoke from 2013).
Anyway, Thompkins joined the universe for a single episode of Resistance, which for a while seemed to be the only way for a comic actor to get into the universe before the release of The Force Awakens. He then did a random part in one of the Star Wars Lego movies that we honestly don’t know if anyone has ever watched.
Peter Serafinowicz – Darth Maul, Battle Droid Commander, Gungan Scout, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Apart from being the one last name we had to copy and paste every time we used it in this article to speed up the writing of it, Serafinowicz has had a vast career ranging from voice work to comedy work, appearing in the John Wick universe as well as the Marvel universe, but we view him as a great straight man comic actor.
Many (in America) were introduced to him as the asshole roommate in Shaun of the Dead, with more recently he played the titular blissfully ignorant superhero of The Tick on Amazon Prime.
But before all of that, he voiced three roles in The Phantom Menace, including the voice of Darth Maul (Ray Park, who actually portrayed the character, didn’t do the voice for his three lines of dialogue. It’s claimed that prosthetics made it impossible for Park to properly move his mouth, but we suspect George Lucas didn’t want his menacing villain to sound like a soft-spoken Scotsman).
Serafinowicz filled in for a few other small voice roles in that film, though when Maul was brought back, first in The Clone Wars and in the end-credit scene of Solo, a different actor voiced the character. But considering Serafinowicz’s 120+ film credits, he probably is feeling okay with the state of his career even without that sweet Darth Maul voice money.
Paul Reubens: RX-24 (Star Wars: Rebels)
We were going to do a whole bit about Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman’s 1991 arrest, but then we saw some other, ahem, instances that he’s been accused of so we’ll just leave it at, “He voiced a droid in an episode of the animated program, Rebels, after voicing that character in various Star Tours attractions at numerous Disney parks.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – L3-37, Solo: A Star Wars Story
Post-prequel Star Wars had a brief fascination with sassy droids, most notably, Tudyk’s K-2SO and the less memorable (largely due to the script and the Solo of it all) Waller-Bridge was brought in fresh off her launch to the stratosphere with Fleabag, playing a one-of-a-kind droid who assembled herself with parts of other droids and deeply cared for droid rights.
She’s perfectly capable in the role, though she’s buried in one of the most forgettable additions to the Star Wars universe. Solo is a movie now remembered as, “Oh right, they did that Han Solo movie” whereas the other film with a “doesn’t play by the rules” droid, Rogue One, is increasingly viewed as one of, if not the, best Star Wars films since the original triology.
Reggie Watts – Lando Calrissian, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Now, if you remember Rise of Skywalker (and we’d understand if you don’t) you might be confused by this entry. Billy Dee Williams reprieves his role in the film, so what is the guy from Comedy Bang! Bang! and the band leader for The Late Late Show with James Corden doing on this list for this film?
Basically, before Calrissian is revealed to be a player in the film, he appears in disguise, and instead of using Dee Williams’ voice for the disguise (which, we guess, would make the “surprise reveal” less of a surprise) J.J. Abrams randomly tapped the comedian and musician to voice the masked version of the character.
Is that a weird, random choice? Yes. But it’s a J.J. Abrams movie and any chance he can get to have a cool famous person on his set for a few hours, that dude is taking it.
Rhea Perlman – Ciddarin Scaleback, Star Wars: The Bad Batch
The Bad Batch, which follows a group of misfit clone troopers on the run from the newly formed Empire, has a handful of comedic actors with extended character runs. That includes Perlman, best known from Cheers and, well, about a hundred different comedies.
She plays Cid, a former informant for the Jedi Order who lays low and operates taking a mix of bounty hunting and smuggling gigs and basically doing what she can to scrape by while staying off the radar. She’s crass, with a philosophy that pragmaticism is better than loyalty.
Richard Ayoade – Q9-0, The Mandalorian
Like Matt Berry, Richard Ayoade is an IT Crowd alum who voiced a droid for one of the Star Wars TV series. In this case, he plays Zero, a mercenary who teams up with (and subsequently betrays) Mando in the first season prison break episode.
Scott Capurro – Beed, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
The second head of the podrace announcer in Phantom Menace is a comedian with one of the most sparse resumes of anyone on this list – in fact, other than a small role in Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993, his 1999 voice work here is only the second of eight credits on his IMDB page (three of those are as Beed in various podracing video games).
Seth Green – Todo 360, Star Wars: The Bad Batch and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Captain Seevor, Star Wars: Rebels, Todo and Ian Papanoida, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Seth Green has long had an outspoken love of all things Star Wars. He even created and produced 39 episodes of an animated Star Wars show that ended up getting shelved when Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney. We’ve mentioned that there are multiple Robot Chicken Star Wars specials created by Green (which we didn’t include as canon here) (also can you believe Robot Chicken aired until 2022 and had 209 episodes and six Emmys?).
He’s also voiced several Star Wars TV series characters, most notably a droid owned by bounty hunter Cad Bane (who didn’t get to appear in the Bane episodes of The Mandalorian) as well as a few one-off minor characters in The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Seth Green has had an interesting career, starting as a child actor, playing a sensitive musician/werewolf in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (fun fact, he also had an uncredited role in the Buffy movie in 1992 as a random vampire), became somewhat famous as Scott Evil in the Austin Powers trilogy, and then got constant voice work on Family Guy while creating his own Adult Swim stop-action comedy in Robot Chicken.
He’s appeared in the Marvel Universe (he’s the voice of Howard the Duck in the Guardians post-credit scene) and has been in two different DC properties (he’s the voice of thunderbolt in a season of Stargirl and is uncredited in Shazam!). And, of course, he’s a part of the Star Wars universe. We can safely say he’s the only person who is a part of the Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Family Guy, AND Austin Powers universes.
Simon Pegg – Unkar Plutt, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
When J.J. Abrams jumped from rebooting Star Trek to rebooting Star Wars, he brought some friends along, including Pegg, who made a name for himself with his work on the Cornetto Trilogy directed by fellow cameo-haver, Edgar Wright, while also working with Abrams as Scottie in his Star Trek alternate-universe movies.
You wouldn’t assume that he’s in the movie. His voice is deep and distorted, and he’s entirely CGI, playing a junk boss meting out food portions for scavenged parts on Jakku. But this also means Pegg is another one of the rarified (self-described) nerds who have been lucky enough to be both Star Wars and Star Trek characters.
Stephen Root – Lortha Peel, The Book of Boba Fett
Most recently crushing it as the immoral handler in Barry, and decades ago known as Milton, a.k.a. the stapler guy from Office Space, Root has over 270 credits to his name, including some hugely popular shows and movies where he plays a noticeable role (his role in Dodgeball is hugely underrated).
In the “we only really cared about the episodes with Din Djarin” show, The Book of Boba Fett, Root is given a character name that feels like it was created by a Star Wars character name generator, who is an immoral water-monger who serves as a low-key antagonist after Boba Fett takes over Jabba’s throne.
It’s cool that Root is a Star Wars character now, though his random casting here does help lead credence to both this article, as well as the article entitled “Everyone Is in Star Wars Now.”
Taika Waititi -IG-11, The Mandalorian
The badass assassin droid who tried to murder, and later save, Baby Yoda in the first season of The Mandalorian was voiced by New Zealand actor, director, writer, Academy Award-winner and vampire, Taika Waititi. It was a fun bit of casting for a character who was emotionless yet somehow charming, until he became terrifying, until he was rebooted and became emotionless yet charming yet again. He briefly reprised the role in the third season of The Mandalorian, so it remains to be seen if the mind behind the last two Thor films, Reservation Dogs, or What We Do in the Shadows will stay in the Star Wars universe any further, but we wouldn’t mind it if he did.
Oh what’s that? He might be doing more than that and actually making a Star Wars film? Huh.
Taran Killam – Goatal, Depot Manager and Landspeeder Driver, The Bad Batch, Stormtrooper #2, Star Wars: Resistance
Former SNL cast member and current Robin Schabotski husband Taran Killam had a few legendary characters on SNL as well as a legendary viral dance video creator. He also played some largely inconsequential small roles on various animated Star Wars shows.
Tim Curry – Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Sideous, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Tim Curry is known for a lot of his famous roles. You might know him as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show. You might know him as Wadsworth in Clue. You might know him as the first Pennywise in the first version of It. If you are an older Millennial you might even know him as Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island.
Anyway, Curry has not had a lot of roles recently, but he did lend his voice to ten episodes of The Clone Wars which likely is not one of the roles you’ll remember him for.
Tim Meadows – Colonel Tuttle, The Mandalorian
Goddamn it, we wrote this article two days ago and already we have to add to it. This might not have been the best idea.
Anyway. This is the first of what is likely to be many “hey a new comedian did a Star Wars” entry. SNL legend Tim Meadows appears as a bureaucratic New Republic paper pusher in an episode of The Mandalorian.
Tony Hale – Vaneé, Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales
Buster from Arrested Development, and two-time Emmy Award-winning Veep actor Tony Hale spent probably 3 hours of his time at some point to provide voice work for one of the Star Wars Lego movies that are likely buried deep somewhere in Disney+, but we’re completists, so here we go. He’s basically the narrator of this particular movie that has only been watched due to a combination of algorithms and auto-play settings.
Wanda Sykes – Phee Genoa, Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Taking over the Cid role in The Bad Batch in the second season is the more noble-hearted Phee Genoa, played by the iconic comedian Wanda Sykes, who you know from a lot of amazing roles but mostly her voice and general attitude. Her voice is here, though her vibes are a little calmer as she plays a well-intentioned character who works with the “bad batch” clone troopers with less of a selfish intent than their previous handler.
‘Weird Al’ Yankovich – Vic Vankoh, Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation
We really hate ourselves from deciding that these random Star Wars Lego movies should count on our list. Anyway, Weird Al performed a song in this particular 2022 “TV Special” and Darth Vader and Darth Sidious were in the audience according to starwars.fandom.com. We’re so close to the end here, let’s not dwell on this.
Yvette Nicole Brown – Lt. Colvett Valeria, Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation, Lego Star Wars: All Stars, Lego Starwars: The Freemaker Adventures
A leader of Blue Squadron in the Civil war, and appearing in the random Lego movies a few times, Colvett Valeria is voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown, a.k.a. Shirley from Community (and Emmy-award nominee). We honestly should not have included these damn Lego movies in this article, though her character did officially become canon in 2019 when she was added to the video game Squadrons.
Zach Braff – Freck, Obi-Wan Kenobi
We’re now at our final entry. We’re already 5,500 words into this, which you might consider “a waste of both your and our time” or “Jesus this is longer than most longform articles I have patience to read” but we are completists dammit! (Also, blame the casting directors of the Lego Star Wars movies).
Anyway, we end, alphabetically by first name, with Zach Braff, the lord of Scrubs, the maker of Indie-friendly soundtracks, and the randomly dated Florence Pugh for a long time as the internet lost their goddamn mind. He also played a fucking narc in Obi-Wan Kenobi, though he’s hidden under enough makeup (like Horatio Sanz) that most people didn’t realize it was him at the time.
So there you go! A shitload of funny people have gotten a part in a Star Wars property. So let that be your north star. If you can be funny enough, maybe someday you’ll spend a day on a set in California in a wookie costume. THE DREAM!