Friday, March 18, 2011

TrekMovie Contest: International Talk Like William Shatner Day!!! is celebrating William Shatner's 80th Birthday Tuesday by throwing an International Talk Like William Shatner Day Contest.  As reported earlier in this blog, this soon-to-be National Holiday was created by Canadian voice actor Maurice Lamarche (Inspector Gadget, The Critic, Duckman, Pinky and the Brain, Futurama) just three years ago, and TrekMovie and Think Geek are doing their part to make this special day even more special.

As they say, the rules are simple:

                   -Create a video showing off you (or a group of you) talking like William Shatner
                   -Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes
                   -1 Submission per person (or group)
                   -Submit video to YouTube (or any video service that allows embedding)
                   -Videos should be family friendly (no profanity, no adult content, etc)
                   -Submissions should be made by 5:00 PM Monday March 21st (Pacific Time)
                   -Contest open to all countries

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:
                   -Command Gold Star Trek Robe (courtesy of ThinkGeek)
                   -Signed DVD of "Mind Meld" (courtesy of
                   -Rare Free Enterprise II Poster (courtesy of Robert Meyer Burnett)

Tricky, tricky.  I'd love to participate myself.  Maybe do something quick and short like Captain Kirk's Guide To Women author Bones Rodriguez:

And not something awkward and terrible like this:

Or maybe I can just accidentally channel the great Shat like Hugo Weaving did in this scene from The Matrix Reloaded?

Or even better yet!  I can magically acquire a talent for animation and whip up a really killer cartoon like this Family Guy Star Trek paradoy, which just happens to be my personal favorite Shatner impression.

Whatever the case, I'm just happy to see nerds and dorks celebrating Shatner in whatever way they can.  Kudos to Trekmovie & Think Geek.  And Kudos to Maurice Lamarche for ushering in this brilliant bit of Internet Shat Madness.

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