William Shatner headlines Sarah Palin Poetry Slam on 'Conan'

On last night's Tonight Show, Team Conan had spent the day uncovering the truth about Sarah Palin's imagery-laden farewell speech: It was intended to be a poem instead. Wherefore art The Shat to recite it? Aye, his lordship was lying in wait for his cue backstage. William Shatner's dramatic reading comes just six weeks after he livened up NBC's late-night block by telling Conan all about his deepest, darkest mid-piss hallucinations. (Excerpt plays after a short ad in the video below.)

Shatner's calming cadence puts me in a slight trance, but Palin did hit the high note in "Cheechakos" with a bit more conviction. Whose reading do you find more authentic?

Previously: Letterman's 'Top Ten Things Overheard at Sarah Palin's Farewell Party'

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  • Gary Wilcox

    Both full of win. Some people can’t stand Shatner’s delivery, but I love it, and always will. So thanks, Bill.

  • joesmom

    Shatner – FTW!

  • Adam

    William Shatner is a GOD! Anything he does awesome, and this was no exception. By the way this was his 2nd appearance on Conan since his debut. Hopefully we see more of him.
    By the way, I so miss Boston Legal. DENNY CRANE!

  • love lamp

    Shatner for President in 2012.

  • love lamp

    Shatner for President in 2012.

  • love lamp

    Shatner for President in 2012.

  • JPX

    Awesome! I love anything that slams the vapid, self-absorbed Palin.

  • Mia S

    I LOVE IT!
    GO BILL!

  • LindaT

    This was the first time that I enjoyed a Palin speech. Love you, Bill!

  • Stephanie T.

    You know, I must say that after Will Shatner recited the speech, it made a lot more sense. Conan hit the bullseye because it was a poem. lol!

  • LisaMama

    This was awesome! Colbert also did a funny bit on the Palin speech — he pulled random phrases out of a hat to construct a paragraph. The real thing is the most funny, though, just because she wholeheartedly believes what she’s saying! Even though we have no idea what she’s saying!

  • Rich

    So I guess Conan wasn’t terribly upset about Bill flipping him off a few weeks ago.
    Sadly, The Shat can’t be president as he is Canadian-born.

  • Tony F

    Conan and Kirk, I like you guys, but you’re not exactly doing anything all that bold are you? If you want to do something really cutting edge how about making fun of the big cheese? Is it still too early or scary to mock Obama? Will you ever? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Just keep playing it safe, boys.

  • Gary Wilcox

    Tony… think for a minute. What’s Obama doing that bears mocking? Shooing flies? The rambling (and they DID cut it to look much worse than it was, I’m sure) is the nicest think a satirist could do to Palin at this point. It’s practically an apologist approach.
    And Conan does mock a little bit of everyone… as soon as they create an opening. He’s an equal-opportunity razzer, but not one who works to achieve ‘balance’– he just goes where the funny takes him.
    This isn’t a pep rally, and you don’t have to stay in assigned seating that says “I’m Liberal” or “I’m Conservative”. Stupid-funny is stupid-funny on either side of the political fence. And if people could have let go of the Atwater playbook and realized that eight years ago, McCain would have been president (sans Palin), Bin Laden would be dead or incarcerated, and we’d still be in a terrible economic crisis.

  • Tony F

    Thanks for the lecture, Mr Wilcox, but if you don’t think Obama deserves any mocking than all you do is watch late night comedy.

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