Monday, December 7, 2009

Shatner's Raw Nerve: Talk Show Of Inner Space

Can Captain Kirk and Denny Crane also run a talk show? Mary McNamara reviews Shatner's Nerve in the Los Angeles Times.

From the Rush Limbaugh interview (which looks like a must see) Mary McNamara points out what is great and what is no-so-great in the Shatner interview style:

"Shatner pinpoints the issue of healthcare as an area in which government regulation and intervention might actually be beneficial. Scoffing, Limbaugh asked how decent healthcare differed from a house on the beach -- some people have bungalows, some people have mansions. Healthcare, he said, does not have moral ascendancy over real estate.

It was a terrific moment that begged for a follow-up but, strangely, Shatner backed off. Somehow, the subject moved on to other less controversial topics: Limbaugh's brush with deafness and his drug abuse, all of which the radio host handled with characteristic aplomb, not to mention an utter lack of irony as he described the many expensive procedures that aided in his recovery from both. I kept waiting for Shatner to ask if Limbaugh's insurance had covered rehab, but he didn't."

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