For Bill Shatner, Phasers Set to Roast
William Shatner. His very name bespeaks of the past tense of, umm, something bears do in the woods. It suggests that he was once hot something but is now the past tense of that something. True enough, though he has found a post-Trek life on ABC's moderately successful "Boston Legal."
It's "Star Trek," though, that made him a cultural icon and, tapping into this, Comedy Central wisely chose him as the latest honoree in their too infrequent roasts (The last roast, of Pam Anderson, is worth catching in re-run). "Star Trek," coincidentally, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
There's no shortage of rich material (expect jokes about Shatner's halting speech, his "music" career, his status as a Trekkie god, his girth) or of quality roasters (Carrie Fisher, Betty White, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Artie Lange, Fred Willard, an out of control Andy Dick and host Jason Alexander).
Since the show was previously taped, we have some hints of what to expect: zingers targeting everyone present ("Betty White is so old, that on the first game show she ever did, the grand prize was fire."), a funny exchange between Shatner and an absent Leonard Nimoy and Andy Dick claiming to be the Shatner-Nimoy lovechild (though Dick's onstage antics were tame compared to his offstage hijinks, which reportedly culminated with biting a New York Post reporter.)
Finally, any mention of William Shatner is not complete without a link to this video, which I now worship as a diety.
Set your DVR to record "Entourage" -- the roast airs Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.
| August 18, 2006; 10:43 AM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Pop Culture, TV
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