William Shatner

On Thursday May 16th, after a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, William Shatner gave a sometimes rambling, but always hilarious talk at the Marin Center in San Rafael, CA.

I had never before seen Shatner in person, so I was not prepared for how uproariously funny the man would be. He spoke about topics ranging from his relationships with other Star Trek cast members, to his misadventures with fermented cod, to his surreal encounters with Los Angeles police officers. With each successive story, Shatner got more and more ramped up, frequently digressing down dead-end paths before finally reaching a level of frantic energy that made me wonder if he was losing his mind before our very eyes. But through it all I laughed as hard as I can ever remember laughing in all my life.

This man is nutty, absurdly charismatic and has had more ludicrous adventures than Don Quixote. If you have a chance to hear him speak, go.