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Watch: Shatner Hosts British Comedy Quiz Show – Sings Rocket Man May 28, 2012

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On Friday Star Trek’s William Shatner was the guest host for the BBC comedy show Have I Got News For You," which is a quiz show poking fun at the news of the week. With Shatner as host there were of course a few Star Trek references thrown in. Plus he sings a bit of "Rocket Man." The show is available to watch online, check it out below.


Shatner Hosts HIGNFY – Sings Rocket Man

If you are in the UK, you can watch the show on the It has also been uploaded to YouTube. Check it out below.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Thanks to Laudie and others who sent in the links


1. James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK - May 28, 2012

This show is dying on its arse … but the Shat ruled on Friday Night!

2. Ryan Spooner - May 28, 2012

Have I Got News For You is hilarious… it’s hardly dying on it’s arse.

3. Ahmed - May 28, 2012

Abrams should call Shatner & let him in the new Star Trek movie.

4. MJ - May 28, 2012

This is like the John Daily Show if it were shot on VHS in you neighbor’s basement, with your embarassing uncle hosting…it’s painful to watch.

5. MJ - May 28, 2012

@3. Based on this appearance? Are you fracking kidding me? What is it about this appearance that should get Shat in the new movie? Sorry, I am not seeing even the slighest connection???

6. Ahmed - May 28, 2012

@5. MJ – May 28, 2012

“@3. Based on this appearance? Are you fracking kidding me? What is it about this appearance that should get Shat in the new movie?”

None, I’m simply saying that Abrams should find a way to put Shatner in the sequel.

The guy is 81 but still very active, and I’d love to see him one last time in a Trek movie.

7. Montreal_Paul - May 28, 2012

4. MJ

Do you ever have anything positive or nice to say?

8. Gary Makin - May 28, 2012

He should host every week.

9. Luke Sutton - May 28, 2012

Watched this on Friday and the extended version on Sunday. So much fun. One of my favourite shows with a terrific guest host! :D

10. gilberto - May 28, 2012

Shatner rules! And yes, it would be great to see him as Kirk one more time. Maybe two or more… Who knows in the next reboot? Dream on, Gil. He was gorgeous as a young man, and he looks what every man 60-up would dream to look. Not to mention his stamina and GREAT sense of humor.

11. MJ - May 28, 2012

@6 “None, I’m simply saying that Abrams should find a way to put Shatner in the sequel.”

But what does that have to do with his comedic appearance on the Brit comedy show?

12. MJ - May 28, 2012

@7 “Do you ever have anything positive or nice to say?”

Sure, dispite some rough patches, your posts are incremtally improving over my friend. Keep up the good work!

Also, congrats on the Canadian Healthcare system; it is much better than our shambles of healthcare down here!

Well done on “Mantracker” as well — love that show!

CN Tower — coolest tower in North America!!!

How’s that?

13. Red Dead Ryan - May 28, 2012

This was a riot! Totally hilarious!


14. KyleH - May 28, 2012

“I appeal to the masses, if not the intelligentsia.”

15. Vultan - May 28, 2012

I enjoyed this quite a bit, especially the tongue-in-cheek Trek references.

“What was the cause of the rocket’s failure to launch?”


16. Cervantes - May 28, 2012

Caught this here in the U.K., and a very well-looking Shatner was a warmly welcomed triumph! His host chair was fitted out to resemble his TOS ‘Captain’s chair, which was a nice touch.

The show was liberally littered with hilarious Trek references, and Shatner even got to drop an F-bomb during the many irreverent gags!

The guy’s STILL got it in spades, and despite what some may insist, it remains a huge pity that he didn’t end up being incorporated alongside Nimoy forJ.J.’s ‘TOS’-themed reboot in the first place.

17. Obsidian - May 28, 2012

Well, at times funny….I watched two out of three…

Bill looks really good here!

18. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 28, 2012

This was hilarious to watch. William Shatner looked great. Everyone had a great sense of humour. It’s a shame we don’t see the programme here.

19. Lostrod - May 28, 2012

4. MJ

Do you ever have anything positive or nice to say?

MJ has some positive things to say. Unfortunately, he is on automatic negative mode when it comes to Mr. Shatner. I believe if you look back at any article about the actor on this site, his first comment is along the line of “what a jerk”.

I hesitate to even mention this because if the pattern remains the same it will unleash a string of retorts about being a “Shat lover”.

I realize that nothing I can say can convince MJ to refrain from personal insults of Mr. Shatner. I see no issue with disagreeing with an actor’s performance, but I believe that repetitive attacks on someone’s physical condition and age is non-productive.


20. Andy Patterson - May 28, 2012

I love Shatner. I love Mel Torme. I love a good steak. I love a good glass of tea and watching old TV like Wild Wild West or a Twilight Zone marathon. I love a lot of garlic in my spaghetti sauce. I love a good glass of red. I love the theme from The Odd Couple. I love the smell of old comic books. There, I said it.

21. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 28, 2012

“Have you been to Ilfracombe?”…

“…its laced with prostitutes”.

I’m not sure why but I very nearly wet myself.

Some good moments.

Some not so good moments.

It really was “the best of times and the worst of times”

….”message Spock?”

“None that I am aware of Admiral, other than keep off Brit comedy quiz shows if you want to prevent written attacks by Trekkies…”

“…surely, the best of times…”

Entertaining stuff at least.

22. Punkspocker - May 28, 2012

Shat rules! By the way, British (Scottish?) writer genious Steven Moffit just won a Bafta.(dr who/sherlock) Pareamount needs to tap this guy for the next Trek. Anyone with me?

23. Vultan - May 28, 2012


You’re a man of impeccable tastes then. :)

The Odd Couple theme is great, isn’t it? Gets stuck in my head often, but unlike other tunes, I don’t mind it.

24. Harry Ballz - May 28, 2012

12. MJ “CN Tower—coolest tower in North America”

MJ, not to go all Sarah Palin on you, but I can see the CN Tower from my window!


25. MJ - May 28, 2012

@19. My criticisms of Shat are ALL based on what he has said, done, etc, as well as my inability to stop myself from responding to Shat worshippers who keep posting that the 81-year old 300 pound Shat should suit up still and play Kirk in the JJ Trek movies….yes, that drives me crazy, as it completely lacks common sense in my opinion.

That is where I am coming from, Lostrod. You do me a disservice by simplifying it to “personal insults.” My actions are based solely on what is published on Shat (which unfortunately have in many cases led many an impartial person to conclude that the guy is a jerk), and in response to the ridiculous posts here of people who think he should be playing Kirk still in the movies.

26. MJ - May 28, 2012

@24. Cool !

27. Montreal_Paul - May 28, 2012

25. MJ

I’m starting to feel the same way towards you. You are just plain nasty sometimes.

28. MJ - May 28, 2012

@27. My goodness, ever time I try to respond to you with a little bit of levity, you go negative on me? What is with you, dude? You are way too serious here for your own good. Lighten up, man!

This is not real life here…we are on a fan board posting about Star Trek…I did not steal your puppy or yell at your mom, OK? Sheesh!!!

29. Andy Patterson - May 28, 2012


Yeah, it’s classic Neal Hefti. Have you ever seen the original movie? It was such a fully realized piece of music even back before the show. The opening 8 or 9 minutes of the movie just entrance me.

But, as to Shatner being in the next movie (and this has not been a chief concern of mine) but – have the writers find a way that everyone (me included) would buy and then I’ll call them the wonder boys everyone else says they are. I saw him in his one man show and he’s just as vibrant as ever. I mean, why not?

30. Montreal_Paul - May 28, 2012

28. MJ

Hey Buddy… re-read your post at #25. You were being nasty. THAT is not called for. Take your own advice…. “You are way too serious here for your own good. Lighten up, man!”

Did Shatner steal your puppy or yell at your mom? Did he not show up at some convention that you traveled all day for and he couldn’t sign your Kirk action figure? Being incredibly obnoxious and insulting is not necessary. “we are on a fan board posting about Star Trek.”

31. Vultan - May 28, 2012


Yes, I have seen the original Odd Couple movie. Several times. It’s great! Has what I think is the funniest line in any movie:

“I can’t take it anymore, Felix, I’m cracking up. Everything you do irritates me. And when you’re not here, the things I know you’re gonna do when you come in irritate me. You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!”


32. Red Dead Ryan - May 28, 2012

MJ has the right to state his opinion as much as everyone else. I don’t always agree with him when it comes to Shatner, but what he has said isn’t all that bad. He refuses to be “politically correct”, which I admire. He speaks his mind when most others here tend to beat around the bush.

The comments sections on this site can be full of sterile, PC opinions all too often. People like MJ and Harry Ballz make things interesting. I think we all should be grateful for the right to free speech.

The last thing we need is more politically correct “everybody must only say postive things in an orderly manner/no criticism allowed” fascist crap.

33. Red Dead Ryan - May 28, 2012



34. Montreal_Paul - May 28, 2012

@32. Red Dead Ryan

I have no issue with people stating their opinion. I have an issue with people being rude and insulting. The guy has absolutely no respect and spews out insults. I’m not a fan of Brent Spiner but I don’t go around and post insults and be completely rude. There is a way of doing things with respect. Harry Ballz has respect and is never a jerk with the way he writes. MJ could learn a few things from Harry.

35. Harry Ballz - May 28, 2012

Ryan and Paul

thank you for your kind words.

It certainly would be a boring world if we all agreed on everything.

C’mon, everybody…….GROUP HUG!!

36. Red Dead Ryan - May 28, 2012


Aw, a wonderful hug…..ooh, damn, I squished my sandwich!

37. MJ - May 28, 2012

@34. Whatever, dude. I refuse to name call against you the way you name call against me. Shat is in the public eye, so you can’t equate me calling him “a jerk” with you then getting a free pass to call me “a jerk.” That is getting personal, which is just not cool.

But if it makes you feel better to name call me, be my guest. Rest assured though, I will not stoop to your level and take personal potshots are you on these boards.

I’ve tried being jovial towards you and tried to lighten things up, but you seem on a mission to attack me personally here. Go for it if you must, but I refuse to respond in kind.

For everyone else here, I am not going to change the way I post one iota. If that means I have to continue to endure personal attacks, name calling, and harassment from Montreal Paul, so be it….

38. MJ - May 28, 2012

@32. Thanks for the support, RDR. Much appreciated!

39. Red Shirt Diaries - May 28, 2012

Hey Montreal_Paul,

You seem to be like a pit bull the last few weeks, looking to get at MJ, Red Dead Ryan and others every chance you get. You are coming across like Kirk in “Obsession.” What are you so upset about?

Ditch the Captain Ahab routine please and settle down.

40. Nemesis4909 - May 28, 2012

I think there should be a ban on “Put Shatner in the new movie” posts, every time Shatner is mentioned in an article and even when he isn’t it gets brought up, it’s probably not going to happen and we kinda get the picture now.

I did see this show (watched “Have I got a bit more news for you”, the enhanced repeat on Sunday night) and it was very funny, Shatner brought his A-Game as always.

41. Buzz Cagney - May 28, 2012

oh MJ. Give it a bloody rest mate.
Shat was great in this, and not at all embarrassing. Trust me, if he’d have been bad at it Ian and Paul would have torn him to bits. They have been doing this show for 20 years so they know a good one from a bad one.

42. Lorum Ipsum - May 29, 2012

I’m based in the Middle East and have only just managed to see this. Sadly there aren’t many Trek fans out here, but I think he was brilliant. And that’s it. He really entered into the spirit of things and clearly enjoyed himself. He was a memorable host as they should be on this still-very funny show.

43. MJ - May 29, 2012

@41. Actually Buzz, Shat is pretty funny in this. The show and set look pretty lame though, which is what my comment actually focused on here:

“This is like the John Daily Show if it were shot on VHS in you neighbor’s basement, with your embarassing uncle hosting…it’s painful to watch.”

So, I never even said anything negative about Shat in these series of posts on this article. But obviously, some people have petty little scores to settle, so this fact be damned I guess when their goal is personally harassing posters who they dislike and have bested them in intelligent discourse. (FYI: not talking about you Buzz…you usually best me anyways!)

44. Iowagirl - May 29, 2012

The Shat fit in nicely with the gang, the ST jokes were low-key and well done – I highly enjoyed it. :)

45. UK Trek - May 29, 2012

It is people like MJ that ruin this site and the good hearted discussion that takes place….sad..

46. LOFC_Ed - May 29, 2012

Funny how he got Paul Merton’s name mised up as ‘Paul MORTON’ on the first time around, and when he tried again, he got Ian Hislop’s name mixed up as ‘Ian HILSOP’…

Funny how, for some reason, he could not pronounce Didier Drogba’s name properly.

47. MJ - May 29, 2012

@45. You have a nice day too, mysterious “UK Trek” dude. ;-)

I refuse to respond to personal attacks from people,be they French Canadians, sock-puppets, or pitchfork carrying followers of such.

48. Montreal_Paul - May 29, 2012

39. Red Shirt Diaries

My issue is that lately I have been reading more and more venom and hate coming from MJ… It really annoys me to read such crap from people. I come on these boards to read some light hearted stories and comments about Trek… what I am seeing more and more is “Shatner is a 300 pound jerk”; “Garrett Wang is an ass”; etc. This really takes the fun out of coming here now. Just a few people can ruin it for so many… I am not the only one that has spoken up about this either… but perhaps I am the most vocal about it. Yes, everyone has a right to their opinion, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk about it.

49. K-7 - May 29, 2012

Re: #48

What a whiner. Wah! Wah! Wah!

Do us all a favor and get your diaper changed so that you are less of a malcontent.

50. Montreal_Paul - May 29, 2012

49. K-7
Yeah, that’s really mature. How old are you? 12?

51. Red Dead Ryan - May 29, 2012


Maybe you ought to find another web site to post your complaints. No one is feeling sorry for you here, pal.

52. K-7 - May 29, 2012

Ha! Ha! Ha! A bit older that that perhaps? Paul, you do come across a bit like a virtual stalker here, and you also seem more angry and irrational than the obtuse MJ, who you are constantly insulting and baiting.

53. Montreal_Paul - May 29, 2012

Wow.. you guys are really bright. Sorry Ryan, but I am not the first one to mention that MJ is a jerk and I won’t be the last.

K7 – doesn’t seem like it. But maybe 15 tops. And you really need to look up what baiting is. I have never posted to “bait” … I call him out on his nastiness and being a jerk. He is constantly commenting with insults… go ahead, read them. I don’t post angry… but MJ surely does.

54. Montreal_Paul - May 29, 2012

51. Red Dead Ryan

Are you actually telling me to leave? Excuse me? When did you become webmaster?

55. Vultan - May 29, 2012


Montreal Paul, I think you’re right. But you know, it’s obvious he makes boorish comments to get attention. He knows it will aggravate you and others. That’s why he does it.

So the best thing to do is just ignore him.

56. Red Dead Ryan - May 29, 2012


You know, you can always ignore posts you don’t like reading instead of bitching about the poster.

57. Red Dead Ryan - May 29, 2012


I’m not telling you to leave. I was just offering a suggestion, that’s all. No need to get all paranoid over it.

58. Montreal_Paul - May 29, 2012

55. Vultan

You’re right. I have been ignoring them for quite a while, but their boorish comments have increased so I wanted to say something. Wish I could hit an ignore button so that their comments are no longer visible. But I will go on ignoring the trolls again. Thanks Vultan.

59. MJ - May 29, 2012

Again, everyone, I refuse to respond to personal insults.

“It’s his revenge for all those arguments he lost.”

— Dr. McCoy

60. K-7 - May 29, 2012

Paul, in my mind, name-calling someone as a “troll,” “boor” and a “jerk” is certainly baiting them. If that is not baiting, then what is? You seem so insulted and so offended by people who are using these terms on certain Trek actors, but yet you use the same types of derogatory terms here to attack others who are posting regularly here. Why is it OK for you to do this, when you criticize others of doing the same thing? I believe the appropriate term is “hypocrite.”

61. Harry Ballz - May 29, 2012

Sheesh, what’s with all the bitching around here??

Sounds like a few people need to get laid……PRONTO!

62. MJ - May 29, 2012

@61. Harry, you are in Toronto and Paul is just “up the street” from you in Montreal. I “am told” it is easy to get hookers in Canada — can you help us all out and get the poor guy “some luvin” up there in Montreal so that he can perhaps relax a bit more and not take me, RDR and other posters he doesn’t like so fracking seriously? We could take up a collection plate, perhaps?

63. Harry Ballz - May 29, 2012

Hey, MJ, if one can’t find a hooker in Montreal, I don’t know what else to suggest! :>)

64. MJ - May 29, 2012

@63. LOL — you have a point there, my friend! ;-)

65. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 29, 2012

Sometimes, MJ, you can be such an ass! Honestly, what’s with the sarcasm at post #62? Perhaps you should stop taking yourself so seriously. Perhaps we should all do the same.

66. Vultan - May 29, 2012

An addendum to my comment at #55: I think MJ makes these sort of comments to get attention because I’ve been guilty of doing the same from time to time. Yeah, there’s a little thrill (maybe even cathartic) in anonymously writing something crude or sarcastic on the bathroom wall of the internet, but overall I don’t think it’s worth it.

Now I’m off to my Jerks Anonymous meeting. ;)

67. Red Dead Ryan - May 29, 2012


That’s funny. Pot calling the kettle black! :-)

68. Cervantes - May 29, 2012

How about checking out Ilfracombe as the Shat suggested?… ;)

This topic went downhill fast I see. Funny how the Shat seems to divide certain Trek fans. Man, some are sure gonna hate a certain video teaser I’ll be previewing next week…

69. MJ - May 29, 2012

@65. I don’t take myself that seriously. If I did, I’d be all angry and pissed off all the time like the Montreal guy seems to be. If you take me too seriously, well sorry, but that is your problem.

@66. Thanks Vultan. Yea dude, you were a little overly hard on me in your earlier post, so I appreciate your correction. We don’t agree on much, but I do respect you! Thanks for not “piling on” here after all.

@67. Agreed — yep!.

70. Montreal_Paul - May 29, 2012

65. Keachick

That’s because he is a jackass. Always was, always will be.

66. Vultan

I agree with you 100%.

71. MJ - May 29, 2012

All, case in point (see @70 above).

He can’t let go of the mean-spirited remarks even when he publicly announced he wouldn’t be addressing this again:

“Wish I could hit an ignore button so that their comments are no longer visible. But I will go on ignoring the trolls again.”

So much for that? He doesn’t live by his own commitments and statements, and he insults others with the sort of derogatory name calling that he was complaining about regarding Trek actors.

Sounds like he should run for political office! :-)

72. K-7 - May 29, 2012

Yea, Paul did say he was going to drop this? I am disappointed that this is still dragging on. Paul, if you tell us you are bailing, then stick with it and bail please. You are losing credibility now.

73. Montreal_Paul - May 29, 2012

@63. Harry Ballz

They are tearing up St-Laurent blvd over here… the “red light district” is no more! I didn’t know you were from Toronto… Have they cleaned up the Dufferin Gate area? It was pretty scuzzy when I left T.O. 15 years ago.

74. Vultan - May 29, 2012


You’re welcome, MJ, and sorry if I did come across as overly harsh before. I have no problem with someone expressing their opinion, but I think we can all try to be a little more… uh, tactful. Yeah, I guess that’s the right word.

I only wish there was a simple universal emoticon or symbol for sarcasm and snarky humor, which doesn’t always come across in writing as well as it does when we’re talking. Perhaps we can come up with one.

75. Red Dead Ryan - May 29, 2012

Montreal_Paul is a liar and a hypocrite. He said he wouldn’t resort to the same name calling he’s condemned others for. But what happens? He lays it on pretty thick in his attacks on MJ. What a phony!

76. Anthony Pascale - May 29, 2012

OK things are getting way too heated here with namecalling, accusations and general unfriendliness. And you all know how that makes me feel.

For now i ask everyone either find a way to be civil or move on.

zero tolerance zone starts below…dont make me push the ban button. Dont have time to police this stuff

77. Harry Ballz - May 29, 2012


Montreal_Paul, Toronto is looking pretty good these days! It took a while to get there, but it’s turned into a nice city to call home.

Your post reminded me of all the Toronto/Montreal catfights from over the years.

78. Montreal_Paul - May 29, 2012

77. Harry Ballz

I was in Toronto for 8 years working for YTV, City TV and CTV back in the day. I drove that dreaded 401 back and forth more times than I can remember. Last time I was there was almost 2 years ago for my cousin’s wedding. Will have to go back and visit the city. Oh yeah, I remember all the Montreal-Toronto rivalries!

79. Harry Ballz - May 29, 2012

Paul, next time you head for Toronto, let me know. We can have a beer together!

80. Montreal_Paul - May 29, 2012

79. Harry Ballz

Sounds like a plan! Will let you know when I am in the T dot.

81. Harry Ballz - May 29, 2012



82. Starbase Britain - May 30, 2012

The shat has still got it. This was one of the best episodes ive seen in a while.Very funny.

83. Mike Thompson UK - May 30, 2012

Well done Bill.

Friends of mine thought he we brilliant. They can’t believe his age!

84. flake - May 31, 2012

Dont usually watch HIGNFY but always enjoy it when I do, had to see this one because Shatner was in it and he delivered :) Well done Shatman

85. Michael - May 31, 2012

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