When West first bought a name from William Shatner, he instantly assumed it was a prank. West was sitting proper subsequent to his “Futurama” co-star Maurice LaMarche and identified that LaMarche, in addition to any variety of different proficient voice actors he knew, may do a good sufficient Shatner impersonation to throw him off. However, no, this was the real article. Did somebody assume that West and Shatner had met again within the Nineteen Nineties when West commonly appeared on “The Howard Stern Present?” He mentioned:
“[Shatner] known as me. His assistant known as me. And I do not know the way this was arrange; I suppose you guys [show creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen] thought I knew him from, like, the Stern present or one thing. And I did point out that. However the subsequent factor you recognize his assistant calls me, ‘Uh, William Shatner is able to converse to you.’ Are you aware how many individuals I do know in my life which might be so able to pulling an ample and lovely prank like that? [Pointing at Maurice LaMarche] You realize, it might’ve been you!”
LaMarche, in fact, may very properly have impersonated Shatner, as he has finished so many instances prior to now. One can discover amusing clips of LaMarche studying the lyrics to “Killer Queen” as each Shatner and Christopher Walken. There may be additionally an sanity-testing video podcast on-line whereby LaMarche and grasp impressionist Kevin Pollak carry out dueling Shatners.
West himself additionally does a reasonably good Shatner, because the “Futurama” character of Zapp Brannigan, whom West performs, was modeled after the famed Canadian “Star Trek” actor. He associated his dialog switching forwards and backwards between his personal voice and Shatner’s.