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Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner (2006)

TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Special 20 August 2006
It's William Shatner's turn to step in to the celebrity hot seat for the latest installment of The Comedy Central Roast. A parade of Shatner's friends have gotten together to boldly go ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Himself
Jason Alexander ... Himself - Roastmaster
Farrah Fawcett ... Herself - Roaster
Jeffrey Ross ... Himself - Roaster
Andy Dick ... Himself - Roaster
Greg Giraldo ... Himself - Roaster
Lisa Lampanelli ... Herself - Roaster
Artie Lange ... Himself - Roaster
Nichelle Nichols ... Herself - Roaster
Patton Oswalt ... Himself - Roaster
Kevin Pollak ... Himself - Roaster
George Takei ... Himself - Roaster
Betty White ... Herself - Roaster
Fred Willard ... Himself - Roaster
Jimmy Kimmel ... Himself (archive footage)
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It's William Shatner's turn to step in to the celebrity hot seat for the latest installment of The Comedy Central Roast. A parade of Shatner's friends have gotten together to boldly go where no one has gone before: on William Shatner's sh*tlist. Tune in as some of Shatner's closest friends hang out, have a few drinks, listen to a live performance by one of the hottest bands around, and then spend ninety minutes ridiculing and insulting the man behind Captain Kirk. So sit back and enjoy the night of insults as Shatner's tries not to lose his cool - or his toupee! Written by Comedy Central

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The Shat hits the fan.

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20 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner See more »

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Audience members included Jeri Ryan, Brent Spiner, Rene Auberjonois, Cedric Yarbrough and Carrie Fisher. During the show, Andy Dick licked the side of Carrie Fisher's face, after which she licked his in return. See more »

Quotes

Betty White: [to Farrah Fawcett] Right now I'm in my 80's, which is funny, because that's the last decade you mattered in.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version of the roast is missing the introduction with Leonard Nimoy. See more »

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Spoofs Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966) See more »

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Showing My Age
23 August 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner is a long series of unfunny comedians who are more interested in seeing if they can drive anyone off stage than in actually saying or doing anything that can be remotely construed as funny.

Now, a Roast is not meant to be polite. A roast can and should run the gamut from rough to appalling. But watching Andy Dick trying to gross out everyone by running his tongue over anyone who would hold still for it is not funny. Watching Farrah Fawcett try to get through her canned jokes without breaking up is not funny. As for Lisa Lamparelli, her best line was noting that her career was dead, but she could still get a gig on Comedy Central doing roasts. Indeed she can, so long as there is no requirement that she be funny. Nor do any of these 'comedy' bits have anything to do with William Shatner.

There is much about William Shatner's career that could have served a roast well: Shatner's egotism, his spreading waistline, his propensity for overacting. Yet no one was terribly interested in the subject of William Shatner. Largely, the 'comedians' were interested in themselves and the apparent belief that all transgressive behavior is funny. Most of the barbs consisted of "You're fat and have no talent, William Shatner, now I'm going to vomit on the stage, and I love you, Bill."

The one good routine starts the show, with a rcorded 'telephone conversation' between Shatner and Leonard Nimony, in which Shatner urges Nimoy to show up, saying it will be fun, and Nimoy saying 'Don't do it.' My hope that, after an amusing start, something good would turn up some time in the proceedings was never justified for more than fifteen seconds. Nimoy's routine, alas was correct.

Shatner stayed for the entire show. Don't you.


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