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George Takei on Howard Stern, new Trek, and working with Shatner

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 25th 2006 7:20PM
Oh My!  It's George Takei!Words cannot express how much I enjoy George Takei. He's just so... out there, in both an ironic and unironic way, that you can't help but appreciate the career he's carved out for himself. From his deep, back-of -the-throat voice with the slight aristocratic Asian affect -- I can't go a day without saying his signature line, "Oh, my." -- to his halting, gasping laugh, Takei (pronounced ta-KAY, because, as he says, "the other way, ta-KEYE, means 'expensive'".) is equally a character and a caricature. To top everything off, he has no problem laughing at himself, which probably comes from the stress of growing up in an internment camp, coming out of the closet, and working closely with Bill Shatner. He just simply amuses the shit out of me.

Which is why I was so happy to hear him on the first week of Howard Stern's Sirius show, and was even happier to hear that he'll be a permanent part of the show as an announcer and occasional guest. After years of the crew making fun of him, George was able to take being in such a foreign environment in stride, delving into private areas that he never talked about before and easily bantering with show wise-ass Artie Lange, who loved working with him despite his discomfort with George's sexuality. Takei discusses his week on the Stern show in his blog.

Takei discusses his time with Howard and a few other choice subjects in this interview with Whitney Matheson of USAToday.com. He also discusses his time with Shatner as well as his appearance on the new Internet-based series The New Voyages, which are new stories based on the orignial Star Trek characters. It's a good read.

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Michael D.

I Love George Takei!

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