In the "White & Nerdy" music video, Weird Al Yankovic gleefully unwraps a bootleg VHS copy of The Star Wars Holiday Special. "They see me strollin'/They laughin'/And rollin' their eyes 'cause/I'm so white n' nerdy . . ."
The Star Wars Holiday Special aired just one time in its entirety in the United States on Friday, November 17, 1978 (a day before the Jonestown Massacre, to place it in a historical context). Bootleg copies of The Stars Wars Holiday Special have been passed around and sold by hardcore Star Wars fans ever since.
The Star Wars Holiday Special centers around Chewbacca's attempts to reach his home planet of Kashyyyk (Wookiee Planet C) in time to celebrate "Life Day" with his family: wife Mallatobuck (Malla), son Lumpawarrump (Lumpy) and father Attichitcuk (Itchy).
"Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet—in time for Life Day—their most important day of the year!"
—Official Star Wars Holiday Special promotional tagline
Jefferson Starship appears in The Star Wars Holiday Special as a holographic band and performs the mediocre "Light the Sky on Fire," which includes such unintentionally humorous lyrics as "Yes, I would really like to know/What I've been watching this for . . ."
Diahann Carroll makes an appearance in The Star Wars Holiday Special as a holographic water creature named Mermeia, a "Holographic Wow" who shows up in Itchy's mind evaporator: "I am your fantasy. I am your experience. So experience me. I am your pleasure. Enjoy me. This is our moment together in time that we might turn this moment into an eternity."
The Star Wars Holiday Special cast includes Beatrice Arthur ("Maude") as the Cantina bartender Ackmena, Art Carney ("Ed Norton") as Trader Saun Dann and Harvey Korman in multiple roles that include Krelman, Chef Gormaanda and Amorphian Instructor.
An 11-minute, animated segment of The Star Wars Holiday Special titled "The Story of the Faithful Wookiee" introduces the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
"If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of [The Star Wars Holiday Special] and smash it."
— attributed to George Lucas
Actress Carrie Fisher was so strung out on coke during the late 1970s that she DOES NOT EVEN REMEMBER filming The Star Wars Holiday Special!