Wednesday, December 2, 2009
There are arguably three main late night talk show hosts in US television: Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno and David Letterman.
Each, entirely coincidentally, has a hairstyle that mirrors a phase of Bill Shatner's hair. Conan's hair closely resembles the old "Jim Kirk lace" (1958-1969); Jay Leno's hair resembles the "T.J. curly" toups Bill wore from 1976-2000, while David Letterman's hair (some suggest not entirely thanks to nature alone) resembles the current "Denny Crane plugs" look.
So it is perhaps interesting (or not at all) that of these three hosts, Bill Shatner has developed a close (often surreal) bond with Conan O'Brien.
Recent and frequent appearances on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien featuring readings of Sarah Palin's tweets and so forth have only solidified this apparent friendship. Most recent was an appearance several days ago in which Bill Shatner was there to plug (no pun intended) the latest season of Shatner's Raw Nerve. The interview included Bill Shatner donning a fake pair of vampire teeth.
Anyway, could Bill's friendship with Conan be rooted (again, pardon the pun) in O'Brien's very Jim Kirk-like hair, frontal swoosh (entirely natural in this case) and all? Does this reveal a slight nostalgia for the good old days as Bill Shatner reflects back upon a long and productive life filled with various toupees? "You know, Conan - you, and especially the hair, remind me of me when I was younger!"
Watch Bill Shatner's latest Conan appearance here and visit the Shatner's Raw Nerve website here.
Posted by Footstep at 11:22 AM