- Yet another presence from the comedy world showed up in The Mandalorian.
- This week, it was Amy Sedaris, who you may know from roles in movies like Elf or voiceover work in Bojack Horseman.
- In the episode, he plays a mechanic on Tatooine.
One of the most fun things about The Mandalorian (outside of, you know, all the Star Wars stuff) is the constant stream of fun cameos for nerds to take note of and freak out about. While there are of course major actors in larger roles (like Timothy Olyphant or Bill Burr), it’s the blink-and-you’ll miss it roles like Jason Sudeikis or John Leguizamo that turn out to be the really fun party facts. One role that seemed to be the former but has turned out to be the latter is that of Amy Sedaris, the always-funny comic actress who has now appeared in three episodes of The Mandalorian as space mechanic Peli Motto.
Peli was first introduced in Season 1 after The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) landed on Tatooine after a space battle in the episode’s opening scene leaves his ship in need of repairs; as Tatooine’s best (or maybe just nearest) mechanical expert, Peli and her three droids (who Mando wants nothing to do with) come to his service; she eventually plays significantly into the episode’s overall plot, and gets a few moments with the person of the moment, Baby Yoda himself.
While Sedaris has had her own series, and appeared in shows like Comedy Central’s Strangers With Candy, along with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Broad City, she might be best known these days for her voiceover work as Princess Carolyn in Netflix’s hit adult animation series Bojack Horseman, where she voices the agent to the titular depressed horse actor character (her character also happens to be a kitty).
The Mandalorian role also finds Sedaris re-teaming with Favreau— he directed her very funny and very memorable role in his modern holiday classic, Elf. As you might remember, she played Deb, the loyal receptionist/assistant to James Caan’s book publisher character, Walter Hobbs. She also appeared briefly in his movies Chef and The Lion King.
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While Favreau has become a blockbuster hollywood filmmaker in his own right (directing the likes of Iron Man and The Jungle Book) it’s also worth remembering that he really did get his jump start in comedy. He really first came to prominence alongside Vince Vaughn in Swingers, and many people also saw him for one of the first times as Monica’s very rich boyfriend, Pete, in Friends.
Could we get Vince Vaughn and Courteney Cox cameos before the season is out? Honestly, probably not—but the show is a juggernaut, so if not in Season 2, maybe we can make a big push for Season 3.
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