William Shatner: Actor, Kidney-Stone-Seller, Genius

William Shatner: Actor, Kidney-Stone-Seller, Genius

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As anyone who has ever seen Boston Legal, heard Has Been, or downloaded this video of the 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards can testify, William Shatner is really, really funny. I suspect that Shatner knows he's really, really funny but, as is the case with R. Kelly, sometimes it's really, really hard to tell. Is he comically self-involved, or just so genuinely self-involved it reaches a comic level? For instance, when Shatner made an iTunes Celebrity Playlist that was 40% William Shatner songs, was he being a jerk because it's hilarious, or just simply being a jerk?
Tough question, I know, but after
reading that Shatner sold his kidney stone to raise $25,000 for Habitat For Humanity, I think I finally have a handle on Captain Kirk. Simply stated, Shatner is a genius of near-Kaufman-like proportions. I'm exaggerating, of course, but just look at this:
Not only is selling your kidney stone for charity a hilariously absurd thing to do, but the move also totally shows up Corey Haim in the
Body-Parts-For-Money Department.
After all, Shatner's kidney stone will finance the building of half a house for a needy family, but the selling of Haim's tooth didn't really help anyone but himself (and maybe his dealer). What does everyone else think?