Thank You, My... Little Friends, My... Small Friends.

Maurice LaMarche declared that today is also talk like William Shatner Day, so you still have a chance. To get in practice, here’s the cartoon that was built entirely around LaMarche’s Shatner impression, “Karaoke-Dokie” from Animaniacs. (As I said in an earlier post, in the pre-YouTube era, Shatner’s “Rocket Man” was known only to a select few people, and making a reference to it — the way Chris Elliott famously did on Letterman — was a very obscure in-joke. Now that anybody can see and hear Shatner’s “singing,” the reference comes off differently; what was intended as an in-joke is now a standard pop-culture reference.)


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