For decades, Darth Vader was heralded as the wickedest, vilest, and most frightening leader of any civilization spanning the many corners of pop culture. But the foreboding (albeit pulmonarily challenged) ruler of the Galactic Empire was one-upped in the game of outright meanness in 2012, when HBO’s Veep premiered, introducing the world to Vice President Selina Meyer. As played by the endlessly talented Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the American V.P.-turned-President-turned-who-knows-what-next has singlehandedly illustrated the ugliest of ugly behind the scenes of Washington D.C.’s everyday operations. Selfish, narcissistic, and crasser than a Toydarian junk dealer on a Tatooine summer day, Selina Meyer would probably fit in quite well reigning over a legion of rebel-thwarting Stormtroopers.
But how exactly would Lord Vader fare in Meyer’s shoes? Our latest Nerdist Comedy Short pontificates just that, dropping the wheezing masked Anakin Skywalker into the midst of the kind of bureaucratic rage stroke we’ve seen as the fulcrum of so many scenes and episodes of Veep. Just as Selina has her own cabinet of incompetence (portrayed by the likes of Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, and group MVP Anna Chlumsky), Vader’s got his cabal of toadies on hand—a decidedly spineless Captain Lorth Needa rounds out the team. And, of course, Vader has his own answer to Selina’s doting right-hand man Gary (Tony Hale): an apparently defected C-3PO.
Fans of Star Wars and Veep alike, check out the short for yourself… though bear in mind that, even with ample bleeping, the language is as NSFW as one of Dan Egan’s voicemails.