It’s no “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” or “Rocket Man,” but William Shatner took to the airwaves on Monday night on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and turned former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s rambling, magnetic poetry-esque farewell speech into a soaring benediction in the way only a tireless pitchman/geek legend/part-time beat poet can.
Wrapping his velvet fog voice around such tortured pastoral blank verse as, “Denali, the great one, soaring under the midnight sun/ And then the extremes/ In the winter time it’s the frozen road that is competing with the view of ice fogged frigid beauty/ The cold though/ Doesn’t it split the Cheechakos from the Sourdoughs,” Shatner almost made the goodbye address make sense.
After watching it several times, O’Brien said it finally dawned on him that the hard-to-follow media-takedown “was always meant to be a poem!””Hence, he invited frequent guest Shatner out to read the speech in its entirety while backed by bongos and a stand-up bass player. What doesn’t make sense about that, liberal media?
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Well, he’s done it again. Following up on his masterful performance on Monday night’s “Tonight Show,” William Shatner returned to Conan O’Brien’s stage in Los Angeles to once again lambaste the words of former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In Monday’s segment, Shatner did dramatic readings of portions of Palin’s jumbled farewell address. Last night, the “Star Trek” veteran and Emmy winner brought his best bohemian voice to Palin’s Twitter. Like her speech, O’Brien assumed that Palin’s tweets were simply poems in disguise.
On her exit, Palin promised that she would keep in touch with her fans and followers via the microblogging service, though she has yet to update her feed since exiting office. Still, her history of tweets provided plenty of fodder for Shatner and his accompanying bongo and bass players. […] Palin’s message isn’t any clearer when delivered from the soothing throat of the original Captain Kirk, but it certainly becomes more entertaining.
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