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.
Shatner does Palin
by Tom Crippen
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.