As far as late night television goes, Friday night proved to be a mea culpa for the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
In a clip sure to be played and replayed online, the late night host welcomed William Shatner to read passages from Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue.
And if that weren’t enough, Conan surprised the audience and even his guest by introducing Sarah Palin, who responded to Shatner by reading from his autobiography.
With a bass and bongo player to his rear, Shatner emphasized every word of the former lawmaker’s ghost-written book.
“I looked down to see the moose’s eyeballs lying in his palm, still warm from the critter’s head,” he said. “Kid Rock is very pro-America; also, has very common sense ideas. I always remind people from outside our state that there’s plenty of room for all of Alaska’s animals … Right next to the mashed potatoes. One year, while stalking sheep, I disappeared.”
After a spate of surprised applause, Palin took Shatner’s seat in front of the makeshift beatnic band and began to read, but didn’t manage to open the book in her hands.
“I attended my first Star Trek convention in November, 1975. The money they offered me to attend this convention was — do I dare? Yes, I do — out of this world. What made TJ Hooker’s character so interesting was, he remembered the old rule of law enforcement. Of course I understand you robbed that bank because you have low self-esteem. Boom! Taste my nightstick.”
This video was broadcast by NBC on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.
A prior version of this story misspelled William Shatner’s name.
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