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Posted at 8:49 AM ET, 02/15/2011

William Shatner crashes 'Conan' with dramatic reading of Rihanna's 'Umbrella'

By Liz Kelly

William Shatner has built an alternate career -- one that parallels his mainstream TV success -- with unexpected dramatic readings and over-emoted interpretations of popular songs. BlogPost recently chronicled this phenom, one which, I must admit, has fascinated me since Shatner performed "Rocket Man" at the 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards.

On Monday night the former Captain James Tiberius Kirk, and current star of CBS sitcom "S#*! My Dad Says," popped up on "Conan" to give Rihanna's "Umbrella" the Shatner treatment. Fans of Shatner kitsch will not be disappointed (look for him starting around the 4:10 mark):

By Liz Kelly  | February 15, 2011; 8:49 AM ET
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Hard to believe he's turning 80 in a couple of weeks, eh?

Posted by: bucinka8 | February 15, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Shatner's version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is, regrettably, unforgettable.

Can't use html tags on this blog?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 15, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

80? Nooooo! Can't be.

That was funny. Wish I had cable.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | February 15, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Shatner is a washed up actor who can't let go of the fact he is getting old and can not act any longer, only do AWFUL television ads.
He needs to learn to grow old gracefully.

Posted by: pjohn3 | February 15, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who does not love Shatner is not only anti-American, but anti-Canadian, too.

Posted by: justmike | February 15, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

No one should comment on Liz's stories, given her betrayal and abandonment of Gene's chat.

Posted by: drb177 | February 15, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

William Shatner is a national treasure (but which nation, the U.S. or Canada?). In the whole wild world he is perhaps the very best of all in the art of making fun of himself.

I never thought he'd top his role as Captain Kirk until I met Denny Crane.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | February 15, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who does not love Shatner is not only anti-American, but anti-Canadian, too.

Don't forget to add anti-semitic!

Posted by: ozpunk | February 15, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Shatner is C O O L


Posted by: Capsheaf | February 15, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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