Sunday, June 10, 2012

Poll result and a major new Bill Shatner project...

In our last poll before we took a break, we asked our readers for their thoughts on when other actors and production staff were restricted from easily seeing Bill Shatner toup-less in the makeup rooms of his film and TV show appearances. 4% said that the 24/7 permanence of the "Denny Katz" is what ended such scenarios; 6% said that Bill Shatner has always been happy to be openly bald behind-the-scenes, so long at it isn't a public occasion; 8% said during the 1970s as Bill Shatner struggled with his "Lost Years"; 27% said during the 1980s as Bill Shatner's career was revived and a narrow majority, 52%, said that 1960s Star Trek was the last era of such free access. Thanks for voting!

Our current poll examines this issue:

Considerable buzz recently surrounded Bill Shatner's rather epic guest hosting stint on the British topical satire show Have I Got News for You. The 81-year-old "pensioneer" served as the swing vote between two bald and two non-bald panelists, including regular captains "Paul Morton" and "Ian Hilsop". Must see TV, with Bill Shatner's toup evidently sprayed a little browner than normal for the event - the episode be seen here and here.

And on the subject of Touposhopping, during our break, reader "Touposhopper Wannabe" submitted this Jim-ification of the TJ:

While reader Paul sent us this transition...

...which for some reason reminded us of this:

Come to think of it, there could have been - and still could be - an awesome TV series based on Bill Shatner's toupee. It would have an intro similar to MacGyver...

William Shatner: an ordinary man with an extraordinary toupee that can get him out of many a tight spot.

It can defeat any enemy... any situation

It can be used as a toboggan in the snow...

...or an individual filament of this amazing toup can trip up bad guys...

Is there anything it can't do?

An ordinary man with an extraordinary secret identity! Touperman?

Imagine this nail-biting scene: Our hero jumps off a cliff, apparently with nothing to break his fall. In a dazzling and spectacular moment, the toupee again comes to the rescue turning into a life saving parachute!

Any other film or TV references that might help further illustrate this potential series, please let us know!

One of the greatest stunts involving a toupee ever performed in The Toup Who Loved Me (1977).


Hanging by toupee filaments?


  1. James Toupeerius KirkJune 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    If it comes to the MacGyer theme sequence - who is Shatner?! ... I think Dana Elcar would fit ;-)

  2. Shats own real syrupJune 10, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Well done shattoup! Yes I did see the have I got news for you, and yes the hair was almost, as brown as it was 30 odd years back, strange that! Also if he flaten the toup down a bit, he would almost have a jk look...which suits him no end. He cannot keep up the brown hair look, he started going grey in his mid to late 40's so he cannot carry that one off.

  3. Northbeach and Rawhide. Was Rawhide a reference to the toupee? Just sayin...

  4. Clayton ForresterJune 12, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    It can cushion a fall off of a very tall mountain! (When your Vulcan friend forgets his rocket boots...)

  5. Clayton ForresterJune 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    It can conceal a firearm... until you really need it!

  6. Ratty Lost Years PieceJune 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Any Shatner/MacGyver hybrid should just be a Toupee/Not Toupee-themed gameshow where contestants have 30 minutes to fabricate a touposcope out of common household items.

    Heck, I used a lightbulb, some coat hangers and the Americium from my smoke detector!

  7. Interesting pic of superthick 1990s shat toupee. maybe even worse than 80s TJ.

  8. The evil Hookered Kirk in one of the multiverses of the space time continuum:

    1. Thanks for the great picture!

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  9. Is it any wonder that those of us frequenting this site want to remain anonymous? Being a Shatner fan is geeky enough, but to expend so much time and energy analysing the nuances of another's hair is positively bonkers and not something I would like to make public. I will remain in the dark and shady world of toupological anonymity. I do however have the greatest admiration for those of you who have chosen to 'come out' as toupologists.

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