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William Shatner Does Sarah Palin

By July 28, 2009

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William Shatner Reads Sarah Palin Farewell Speech Sarah Palin's rambling farewell speech as governor of Alaska baffled many. But Conan O'Brien realized that it was a thing of poetic beauty, and so he invited master thespian William Shatner to come on The Tonight Show and read Palin's farewell speech the way it was meant to be heard -- as a beat poem.

Here is the poem, taken verbatim from Palin's speech, which Shatner read to the accompaniment of bongos:
Soaring through nature's finest show. Denali, the great one, soaring under the midnight sun. And then the extremes. In the winter time itís the frozen road that is competing with the view of ice fogged frigid beauty, the cold though, doesnít it split the Cheechakos from the Sourdoughs? And then in the summertime such extreme summertime about a hundred and fifty degrees hotter than just some months ago, than just some months from now, with fireweed blooming along the frost heaves and merciless rivers that are rushing and carving and reminding us that here, Mother Nature wins. It is as throughout all Alaska that big wild good life teeming along the road that is north to the future.
Leave it to Captain Kirk to make sense of strange life forms. Watch the video of Shatner channeling Palin.

Update: Shatner's performance was so popular that Conan invited him to come back on The Tonight Show to recite Palin's Tweets as poetry.

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July 28, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(1) Dave says:

William Shatner is awesome! This is brilliant!

July 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm
(2) Jen Williams says:

I love it!!! BRAVO!!!

July 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm
(3) Fathead says:

Sarah Palin should be nominated for an Emmy Award for comedy writing. Just directly quote her and the comedy writes itself.

July 28, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(4) MarkB says:

WTF meets LOL

July 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm
(5) JT says:

Hilarious. Shatner could read just about anything and make it sound cool.

July 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm
(6) Jake says:

It’s not quite “Rocketman,” but “Rocketman” didn’t have bongos.


July 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm
(7) DrJ says:

I laughed, I cried, I shat my pants. :P

July 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm
(8) B Woodstein says:

How dare Captain Kirk attack her kids!

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