December 12th, 2009
01:18 PM ET
6 months ago

Palin pokes fun at William Shatner

Palin made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show Friday.
Palin made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show Friday.

(CNN)– Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made an appearance Friday night on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, where she poked some fun at William Shatner.

Earlier this year, the actor made fun of Palin by reading some of her tweets during an appearance on The Tonight Show. Friday, Shatner continued by reading excerpts from her book "Going Rogue."

"I always remind people from outside of our state right that there is plenty of room for Alaska's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes," Shatner read.

Then, Palin surprised the audience with her appearance and decided it was time for some payback.

"I think it's appropriate that I read a few choice excerpts from Mr. Shatner's autobiography," Palin declared. "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."

According to an aide traveling with Palin, she mingled with other guests including Tony Bennett and Zack Braff after her appearance, and wore the red jacket from her book cover for the last time.


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  1. wow

    too funny :) She's great at anything she does :)

    December 12, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. B

    Two of a kind.......

    December 12, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    CNN –

    You can run Palin articles until you're blue in the face, but it will never legitimize her as a Presidential contender.

    December 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Is this really news? Come on CNN . . . give me a break from this uneducated woman with nothing to say

    December 12, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Marry

    Please CNN, if you have to give Ms. Palin any notice and room, do it in the entertainment sector!
    This piece would fit there perfectly!

    December 12, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Mide

    Tit for tat

    December 12, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Right wingnuts are as dumb as a woonsocket

    What is Sarah doing on real media?

    December 12, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. sifto77

    good for Sarah–she is a great lady with a wonderful sense of humor.

    December 12, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Fitz in Texas

    TOUCHE Gov. Palin!

    December 12, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Newt Gingrich advised Palin to study, but that's too much like work for her, so she continues to be a joke.

    December 12, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. stu

    And the media just can't stop talking about Sarah Palin! Face it, she's on center stage to stay. After all the denigrating remarks for the past year, she's still around, and stronger than ever. Go Sarah!

    December 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Zach

    Is it me or does Sarah Palin have to respond to every little criticism directed at her? We don't have the time to hear it and she doesn't have the life expectancy to accomplish it. She would be better off focusing on things she can control. I actually wish her luck because I think she genuinely wants to seek high office. However, she's got a lot of brushing up to do (including becoming more intelligent). Please focus on that instead of your critics Mrs. Palin.

    December 12, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Bill Surrey

    Please! Please! Please stop trying to be funny. Conservatives cannot be funny. Why do you think there are no right wing comedy shows. Shatner is funny. Palin is....anything but. Take some advise from Tiger.Take a break. A BIG break. Just how much more atention (money) do you think you need?

    December 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Mike

    Sarah Palin is a joke on the national stage – She doesn't have anything intellegent to say...God help this country if she ever got elected!!!

    December 12, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Justin Time

    Wow Sarah can actually read... What a surpise! I'm sure she had a ghost reader. If there is a GOD he will save us from this woman and all who support her.

    December 12, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Just the facts

    "........out of this world."

    I suspect that's an apt description of a factually challenged Mrs. Palin. As for her other deviations from reality, that's up to the others

    December 12, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. david from oregon

    and is this an example of what she considered sooooooo important that she QUIT her job for the State of Alaska?

    December 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Jack Fl

    Sarah knows comedy!

    December 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. I missed Shatner's episode

    it sounds like a hoot, "next to mashed potatoes"

    December 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. beevee

    Why the media particularly CNN is still continuing to cover anything related to Palin. Just listening to her mindless rants irritates me. I would never want to see her in any position of political prominence of any party.

    December 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Ex-Democrat

    Did you hear the loud applause from the audience when she entered the stage? Yes, the public loves her. The 300 negative comments that are written about her on every article CNN posts; happens to be the same people every time and the total viewership. Her appearance on the Oprah show, the loud audience applause after each question she answered was purposely edited. It was Oprah's largest viewership in years. Negative insults and name calling only ignites her Republican and Independent favorability ratings. And remember, that consists of 66% of this country. Please keep it up, she's only one point below Obama so far. And also, watch how Obama's poll numbers are falling like a lead anchor, and more and more people want Bush back. This is priceless!!!

    December 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    maybe Shatner can get her a ride on a space ship ,one way ticket

    then america can wave good by to the con-artist :)

    December 12, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Go-go rogue

    Show what you are made of Sarah show the Mr Shatner and all these
    sourgrapes that you are not only standing up for the Palins but the country as well....for the people without a voice....Stay rogue...we love you.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 12, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. jerseylou

    WOW if it isn't the know nothing palin again. palin you should get a reality check, people aren't laughing with you but at you. For all you hillbillies and old cooties,you need to take yours hands out your pants and stop dreaming about this night 'mare of a woman. And palin will you please stop banging your head up against those oak trees the pain is telling you to cease and desist.

    December 12, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. John in Brooklyn

    While I think its appropraite for politicians to express humor and even to appear on the late night shows, it does nothing to make them look statemenlike to lower themselves to personal attacks on entertainers.

    These attempts have bombed before (Dan Quayle's attacks on Candice Bergen, Bill Clinton's attacks on Sister Souljah, and even Sarah Palin's attacks on David Letterman) and have bombed specifically because the entertainers have nothing at stake, while the politician does...his/her credibility.

    When will Sarah Palin and her handlers understand that a statesmanlike response to Shatner would be laugh and say something like..."Isn't William Shatner a funny man? I know he makes me laugh"...thus defining Shatner as an entertainer, not a credible political commentator?

    December 12, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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