Nick The Lounge Singer, one of Bill Murray’s most popular recurring characters during his tenure on Saturday Night Live, just happens to deliver a terrifyingly sexy rendition of the Star Wars theme.
Over a ten year period, Murray would enter the sleazy mindset of Nick The Lounge Singer to deliver a mind-boggling mix of emotions with twelve different appearances. In what started as Nick Summers at Breezy Point Lodge in 1977, the role transitioned through Nick Sands on the Strip North, Nick Collins at Greg’s Bar Mitzvah, Nick Rivers on the Mississippi before finishing up in 1987 with Nick Slammer in Prison. However, one performance truly stands out.
Murray’s character, who would always sing his heart out with undeniable gusto, often changed his surname to suit the season… hence why ‘Nick Winters’ would enter what was called the ‘Powder Room’ apres-ski bar located at Meatloaf Mountain.
Accompanied by his piano player, played by Paul Shaffer, Nick Winters rolls around the bar and interacts with members of the audience. “Oh, that cast makes me so sad,” Nick says to a woman with a broken leg and played by Gilda Radner. “Don’t it make my brown eyes… don’t it make my brown eyes… don’t it make my brown eyes… bluuueee,” he croons.
At one point, Murray decides to contribute with his own addition to the famous John Williams piece, changing the lyrics to: “Star Wars/Nothing but Star Wars/Give me those Star Wars/Don’t let them end!” much to the amusement of the crowd.
See the skit, below.