on Comedy Central
Hosted by Craig Kilborn
November 17, 1998
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Craig: Please welcome Kate Mulgrew!
[cheers & applause]
[Kate enters and greets Craig]
Craig: Watch your step. Thank you for doin' the show. Have a seat.
Kate: Thank you. How nice.
Craig: Thank you for doing the show. I know you're a big fan of the show.
Kate: I'm delighted to be here, but be kind to me.
Craig: I will. Yes, that's why I'm here.
Kate: All right.
Craig: Now, you're the first female captain.
Kate: I *am* the first female captain.
Craig: Are they kind to you, the Trekkies, do they accept you?
Kate: The Trekkers, that's the official term, right?
Craig: Trekkers. Oh really.
Kate: Because they're very smart people. They want to be acknowledged appropriately.
Craig: Don't ever correct me that quickly in the interview.
Kate: You said you would be kind to me. Uh, they're great to me. It's an unconditional support system.
Craig: No matter who they put in it, they're gonna like.
Kate: I'm not sure. What is that...? That reflects really sort of strangely on my performance, doesn't it?.
Craig: But they like you. Are you anything like Shatner? Do you over act..
Kate: Do you think I...
Craig: Can you do any dramatic pauses?
Kate: No, but they say I look a little bit like Bill Shatner.
Craig: I don't see that.
Kate: He's great, Bill.
Craig: Does that mean you know him?
Kate: I have met him on several occasions, of course. He's a very well traveled man. [laughs]
Craig: Was he nice?
Kate: Uh-huh and he's erudite, Bill Shatner.
Craig: He's got the big ego though. He thinks he's special.
Kate: He has been a starship captain. What do you expect?
Craig: Are you one day going to have that enormous ego.
Kate: No. I keep my ego in perspective. [makes face]
Kate: 'Cause I'm just a girl, right?
Craig: I'll tell you what, if I were you, what would expand your ego. This is real, this is a Christmas ornament of you at the helm. [brings out 1998 Janeway Hallmark ornament] Look at this. How do you stay grounded, I mean you're a super star. This is beyond a doll. This is a Christmas ornament.
Kate: No, but I think the logic behind this little device is extraor...it weighs fifty-eight pounds.
Craig: It is.
Kate: So, what does your Christmas tree look like, is the question.
Craig: The one down in Rockefeller Center is the only one that could hold this.
Kate: You wouldn't wanna run into her in a dark alley, would ya?
Craig: You look tough there. Is there any... Can this be a stocking stuffer as well? Or is it just an ornament.
Kate: I'm sure you could...stuff it.
[audience laughter and applause]
Craig: Why would they get that excited over that?
Kate: [laughing] I have no idea. <chuckle>
Craig: I haven't seen the Star Trek: Voyager as much as I should...
Kate: But you're the host of this program.
Craig: I know ...but do... is there a... We had Scotty on, remember Scotty from the old show? Is there a party animal on your show, someone who is out of control?
Kate: Not out of control. I wouldn't allow that.
Kate: But we're a fun-loving group. Does anybody in this audience watch it?
[cheers & applause]
Kate: All right, let me just ask this. Who do you think would be the party guy in my company?
Audience member: Paris.
Kate: Mr. Paris. No. Harry Kim.
Craig: This guy who got excited. That's the person we almost didn't let into the show. We almost threw him out.
Kate: That's the 'oil slick guy'? [laughs]
Craig: That's the 'oil slick guy'. It is time for five questions! Here we go.
[cheers & applause]
Craig: What's the state bird of Iowa? You're from Iowa, you were born there.
Craig: What's the state bird?
Kate: The fly?
Craig: This may be the toughest one of the five questions.
Kate: It's gotta be some kind of a crow.
Craig: It's not. It's the Gold Finch. [buzzer] That's a tough one. It's very tough.
Kate: There has never been a Gold Finch seen in my part of...
Craig: Name the space movie starring Kirk Douglas and former angel Farrah Fawcett.
Kate: Oh God, you guys, this is awful.
Kate: Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett..
Craig: Harvey Keitel as well.
Kate: Space movie... 'Shuttle to an Impossible Galaxy'.
Craig: Saturn 3 [buzzer]
Kate: Saturn 3... famous...
[small 'aww' from audience]
Craig: Better drink mix: Tang or Kool-Aid?
Kate: Well, I do a space program, I have to say 'Tang'.
Craig: That is correct. [ding]
Craig: To be safe, phasers should be set on what level?
Kate: Low impulse.
Kate: High impulse. [laughs]
Craig: No, looking for stun [buzzer]
Kate: No, no, no...
Craig: Why not?
Kate: No, no, no, no, not a phaser, you're talking about a stun rifle.
Craig: I thought phasers on stun...
Kate: No, it's an entirely new technology. [light laughter]
Kate: [to audience] Wrong question, right?
Craig: Ok, ok...we're giving it to you... [ding]
[cheers and applause]
Craig: ...because the judges have no backbone. We mentioned your show is on UPN, right?
Kate: What does UPN stand for?
Craig: No, no. Finally, you're part of the UPN family. How much does the cancellation of 'The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer' hurt?
Kate: How much does it hurt?
Kate: Me or Desmond?
Kate: Not at all.
Craig: That is correct. [ding] [cheers & applause] Star Trek Voyager airs Wednesday nights on UPN. Big hand for Kate Mulgrew.
[applause & cheers]
Kate: Thank you.