William Shatner’s Monologue


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 theshow 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… inmaking 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….

[ fade ]

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

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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