See Winners & Finalists For Int’l Talk Like William Shatner Day Video Contest + Judge Maurice La Marche’s Tribute

Part of the celebration of William Shatner’s 80th birthday is honoring the man through emulation with the 3rd International Talk Like William Shatner Day. TrekMovie asked fans to send in their best Shatners for a video contest and today we are ready to announce the winners. We also have a special video from Talk Like Shatner Day founder and judge Maurice LaMarche. Check them out below. 



In the last four days we got a good number of submissions and a panel of judges narrowed down the list to eight finalists. International Talk Like William Shatner Day founder Maurice LaMarche went over the finalists and picked the winners and the runners up. The finalists are presented here and below is a special video from LaMarche with his own tribute to Shatner, plus he discusses each of the finalists, explaining his rankings. 

Grand Prize Winner: Jeff Nelson (TheRagsymuffin)

First runner-up: Michael (albadore):

Second runner-up: James Cathcart (JACathcart5181):

The top three are all winners and will be walking way with prizes from ThinkGeek,, and  Robert Meyer Burnett.

Grand Prize collection

Other finalists:

Barry Dennen

Adam (aef6259)

Giancarlo Danubio (jim5582)


Dave Leigh (LeighDF)

Youngest entry honorable mention: Naomi K:

Maurice La Marche judges the finalists

International Talk Like William Shatner Day founder, and famed voice artist Maurice LaMarche analyzes all eight finalists and picks the winners. He also offers up his own Talk Like Shatner tribute and even makes some Futurama news.

(sorry vid goes out of sync)

More entries:

You can view all the entries at the TrekMovie YouTube Talk Like Shatner Day 2011 Playlist, or via the embedded playlist below:

A huge thanks to all the entries in the 2011 Talk Like William Shatner Day Video Contest. Also thanks to the judges and ThinkGeek,

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March 22, 2011 4:35 pm

Fun. Congrats to all.

I’ve got to get together my Shatner pronunciation video.

March 22, 2011 4:49 pm

Hooray! My daughter got an honorable mention!

March 22, 2011 4:56 pm

Very enjoyable to watch.

Codified Likeness Utility
March 22, 2011 5:00 pm

OK, Jeff Nelson was AWEOSME! B)

Ben H.
March 22, 2011 5:12 pm

Congratulations to the winners. Even though I was not among them I had my doing my “The Godfather” line with my impression of Mr. Shatner. Enjoyed listening to the other submissions. Good job all and happy birthday Mr. Shatner.

March 22, 2011 5:14 pm

@3 Haha, congratulations, Amy. :)

Ben H.
March 22, 2011 5:14 pm

I meant to say I had fun doing my impression but my phone screwed up.

James Cathcart
March 22, 2011 5:24 pm

I’m the 2nd runner-up, and I have to bow to Jeff Nelson’s uncanny impression! Like LaMarche said, it sounds like you’re lip-syncing the 1960’s Shatner for the first few seconds.

Truly amazing sir, congrats on your big win!

March 22, 2011 5:29 pm

Am I smelling a new yearly tradition at ?

Great videos everyone.

Dee - lvs moon' surface
March 22, 2011 5:32 pm

Congrats to the winner… and to the finalists, too! … DulciCinema was very cool! :-) :-)

P Technobabble
March 22, 2011 5:41 pm

I-don’t-suppose… there will ever be… a write like… William… Shatner… contest…

Starbase Britain
March 22, 2011 6:00 pm

Great bit of fun to watch. Love this idea of ‘talk like william shatner day’.
Might have a go myself next year!
Long may it continue.

March 22, 2011 6:18 pm

Congrats to all the winners. Great job everyone! This was fun.

March 22, 2011 6:44 pm

It would have been a real hoot if The Shat Himself entered, then got blown out of the Top Ten by the rest of these good folk. LOL!!!!!!!!!

March 22, 2011 6:55 pm

I narrated an Army graduation ceremony today. I dropped some Shat in the middle. Those in the know… they knew. Happy Birthday Mr. Shatner.

March 22, 2011 7:10 pm

Great stuff all! Maurice LaMarche says in Dudley Moore voice, “Tell me why Arthur had to be remade?” Indeed.

And Maurice, you’re the voice of Morbo? Suh -weet.

March 22, 2011 7:18 pm

I’m not ashamed to say I’d love to get the robe……

Dan Schofield
March 22, 2011 8:25 pm

Outstanding one and all! Way to go Sir Jeff, and happy birthday Captain Bill!

Jeffrey S. Nelson
March 22, 2011 8:40 pm

Thanks, Anthony, Maurice, and crew! This was a lot of fun. Congrats to all the other contestants, who gave it their all.
Any voice over work available for an unemployed deejay on the North Oregon Coast? Love to be on Futurama with you, Maurice!

March 22, 2011 11:16 pm

These were fantastic! All of them!! Great job everyone, Happy Birthday Bill! Can’t wait for next year!!

March 22, 2011 11:59 pm

I’m stunned…and…incredibly…pleased. I had no idea I had…been entered in this…contest. AND I cameinsecond. FanTAStic. Thank you!

March 23, 2011 12:19 am

I’m… extrememly thrilled at …. the talent from… fans. I… loved watching everyone.

My entry did not make it though, but thats ok. THese were better than mine. But mine is on my youtube channel.

March 23, 2011 3:29 am

Joe= Fail. Joe has a sad.

Nonetheless, congrats to all the winners! The power of the Shat compels you!

March 23, 2011 6:21 am

For those who may not know, Shatner really did do “How to Handle a Woman” — and did a very nice job with it, IMO.

Terry Heck
March 23, 2011 7:57 am

I never had any doubt Jeff… way to go big guy!

March 23, 2011 9:15 am

Nicely done, one and all.

Ben H.
March 23, 2011 1:08 pm

@ 8

Thanks Anthony, glad you enjoyed it. I’m going to enter again if this is done next year too. Anyway good job again to all.

Peter N
March 23, 2011 3:31 pm

Hats off to Jeff Nelson – truly incredible! Although he is not the Jeff Nelson I know….

Jeffrey S. Nelson
March 23, 2011 4:17 pm

Thanks, Peter! Be glad to know you!!!! I’m not the Mariners’ player!

Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup
March 23, 2011 10:34 pm



love that girl. haha.

and i love the guy who won. That is the best bit of Shatner I’ve seen…all wrapped up in 51 seconds. “Sabataage.”

“I…WANTto…takeaRIDEonyour…DISCOstick…” I think even a Vulcan couldn’t help laughing at that one.

Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup
March 23, 2011 10:37 pm

my god, I want barry dennen’s saurian brandy bottle.

March 24, 2011 6:31 am

Jeff Nelson: In-credible!

March 25, 2011 9:00 am

I… sogottdo…. one…. ofthese….. someday

– W –
* heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh *

Jeffrey S. Nelson
June 20, 2011 1:35 am

Over three months and I still haven’t received my prizes as the grand prize winner. What’s up, Anthony? Haven’t heard from you since May 9th, when you said the prizes had been delayed but would be sent out that week. Haven’t heard from you since then, despite numerous polite email follow up requests. This is turning into the Kobayashi Maru no-win scenario…