Since first slipping into his USS Enterprise Starfleet uniform as Capt. James Tiberius Kirk more than five decades ago, William Shatner has been a constant presence in our lives — in seemingly countless “Star Trek” reunions, “Boston Legal,” “Saturday Night Live” spoofs and commercials for Priceline.com as “The Negotiator.” On May 16 at 7:30 p.m., the 87-year-old Canadian actor will appear live onstage at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, following a presentation of the 1982 film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Shatner will talk about the iconic TV series and his long career before answering audience questions.
1. You and Nimoy ever pull any good pranks on the “Star Trek” set?
Shatner: He once got a bike and could therefore beat me to the commissary when it came time for lunch. I kept hiding the bike, and it escalated to where I hung it on the ceiling of the stage, pointed a light at it and told him to go get it.
2. Your most unusual experience with a Trekkie at a sci-fi convention?
A lady asked me for an autograph and I said, “I don’t have a picture.” She pulled out her left breast.
3. OK, Kirk, Spock and Khan in a rap battle. Who’d win?
Khan has a Spanish accent, [but] he’s dead. Spock speaks in mono-syllables and he has passed. That leaves me.
4. Are you ready to visit “Space: the Final Frontier”?
I don’t wanna go yet.
5. Celebrity who could make you geek out?
And three bonus questions …
As the Priceline Negotiator, is there any situation you couldn’t negotiate?
Particular Jewish custom you embrace?
Yes, making people laugh.
Dumbest question anyone ever asked you?
This question wins the prize.
For information, visit modell-lyric.com
Amanda Krotki contributed to this report.