The truth is it’s just okay. Shatner is much funnier when he thinks he’s being serious, which is most of the time. [update, Of course, these days he doesn’t normally think he’s serious; Noah mentions Iron Chef down in Comments.]¬†Here he knows he’s doing a joke and he has the typical overemphasis of a celebrity being a sport. Also, the bongos and upright bass aren’t the killing comedy touches they might have been in 1983. The Beatniks have taken a lot of licks by now.

And the extract is the nature stuff only, no “So, how ’bout in honor of the American soldier, ya quit makin’ things up.” When I first heard about the skit, I thought for sure they’d do “teeny tiny delicate starlets” and “perpetuating some pessimism and suggesting American apologetics” and other cases of assonance and consonance leading the ex-Gov along like a mad horse dragging a 10-year-old.
But anyway, the clip is here.