Kate Gosselin’s career makeover: Meet William Shatner

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After seeing Kate Gosselin’s (funny!) performance in the opening skit of the Emmys last night, I have a suggestion for her: Start making fun of yourself on a regular basis. You know… like William Shatner.

Seriously, the dude has turned goofing on himself into an art form… and he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

More than 40 years after “Star Trek,” Bill Shatner is busier than ever. He’s got more television shows going simultaneously than you can shake a stick at, including “Aftermath with William Shatner” and “Shatner’s Raw Nerve,” both on Bio, and the upcoming fall sitcom “$#*! My Dad Says” on CBS.

Heck, he’s even been roasted on Comedy Central, where, as comedian Greg Giraldo so eloquently put it, “You’re an inspiration. You prove that having no talent can be seen as hip and ironic.”

Cue Kate Gosselin.

She’s the notorious, high-strung, control-freak mother of twins and sextuplets whose biggest claim to fame is browbeating her now ex-husband in a shrill voice on national television. (Not to mention doing Lady Gaga no favors on “Dancing with the Stars.”)

But she’s got more in common with Bill Shatner than you think… and she’d do well to base her career choices on his.

Here’s just a few similarities between the two: Both are published authors. Both seem to love talking about themselves regularly and believe that they are right the majority of the time.

They also appear to be pretty clueless about how others perceive them. Bill’s just recently acknowledged that his “Star Trek” costars are not his biggest fans, while Kate’s now ex-husband Jon had to point out how embarrassing it was to be belittled by her inside their local Toys R Us – in front of not only complete strangers, but their eight impressionable young children and multiple TLC cameras.

And while Bill defiantly mispronounces words…

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…Kate prefers to make words up (one of her favorites is “agreeance”).

Oh, and before I forget… They both have spent time with Sarah Palin.

Late last year, Shatner took aim at Sarah Palin in a few hilarious *dramatic* readings on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” Let’s take a look:

Now comes word that Kate is also teaming up with the former governor of Alaska: Sarah is said to appear on an upcoming episode of “Kate Plus 8.”

Anyway, enough with the comparisons. What Kate needs to do is stop taking herself so seriously and start making fun of herself like Shatner. Constantly. Just look how well that worked for her at the Emmys yesterday:

She’s far less annoying and (dare I say it?) even a little bit likable when she’s poking fun at herself. It’s a win-win situation.

This isn’t the first time Kate has shown us a flash of humor, either. Last summer, she played herself (aka neurotic and bossy as ever) in a skit on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

During the bit, which closely resembled her real-life trips to the grocery store, paparazzi in tow, Kate revealed that she did possess some kind of humor about herself.

“Seriously, I am exhausted. Leave me alone,” she told a pack of fake paparazzi that descended upon her in the parking lot outside the supermarket. “Hey, what did Mommy say? I asked you to stop taking pictures and you continued.”

When the paparazzi attempt to protest, Kate blew a gasket.

“Don’t talk back to your mother!” she admonished. “That is it. You are on time out, mister. Go to your room.”

She’s off to a great start. Now she just has to keep it up. And maybe one day she can achieve even a fraction of the greatness that is Willliam Shatner:

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And who knows? Maybe then she’ll have a doppelganger of her very own…

Is it real or is it Memorex?

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