Sunday, August 2, 2009
Shatner's toupee in pop-culture: Futurama.
There are a surprising number of references to William Shatner's toupee in popular culture and we'll try to bring them all to you here at Shatner'sToupee. We thought we'd start with a reference in the animated series Futurama (this sci-fi series has died and come back to life as many times as Star Trek).
As fans of the series will know, the character of Zapp Brannigan is essentially designed to be a heavily exaggerated "Captain William Shatner". There are numerous references to both Kirk and Shatner's foibles - highly exaggerated, of course: Brannigan is a narcissistic, deeply insecure and somewhat pathetic egomaniac; he hides his weight by wearing a tight girdle under his velour uniform and he also wears a toupee. Here is a clip from the Futurama episode "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch" where Brannigan's toupee (or combover) secret is revealed to the audience for the first and only time thus far in the series thanks to an unwelcome gust of air...