William Shatner's Monologue

.....William Shatner

William Shatner: Thank you! Thank you very much! Thank you! Hey! First of all, I want to say it's quite a thrill to be hosting the show tonight, it's a nice way to cap off a great year for me! Yeah! "Star Trek IV" has turned out to be a huge hit.... [ applause ] Yuh! And I can only hope that "T.J. Hooker IV" does half as well!

Actually, I'm very proud of our new movie because... uh... y'know... in making a film about the threatened extinction of the whales, we were trying to make an important... an important statement. And that is, a sequel can be just as successful as its original. [ flat joke, subdued applause ]

You know, it still amazes me that the uh... the influence the series has. It's now been shown in over a hundred countries and of course each country translates it to fit their own culture. For example, in Japan, I understand it's called, "Sulu, Master of Navigation." [ polite titters of laughter] So it's truly worldwide.

And one of the most interesting aspects of the "Star Trek" phenomenon has to be the conventions... with all the Trekkies and Trekkettes and the Trek-kores and... I mean they're truly incredible, and I hope they have a sense of humor about this show tonight or... I'm in deep trouble! Anyway, I thought you might like to see what one of these conventions... MIGHT be like....

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Thanks to Jay, Debbie and the Kids for this transcript!

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