October 19th, 2008
01:01 AM ET
5 years ago

Sarah Palin appears on 'Saturday Night Live'

Gov. Palin made her debut on SNL.
Gov. Palin made her debut on SNL.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin made her debut on NBC's late-night comedy show "Saturday Night Live" - appearing in the opening skit and during a segment that parodies current events.

In both skits, she delivered her lines with a straight face but mostly played the comic foil to the show's cast of mischief-makers.

The opening bit featured former SNL cast member Tina Fey reprising her role as the Alaska governor at a mock press conference.

Fey has impersonated the governor in three prior SNL skits.

The piece then cut to a shot of Palin watching Fey's performance on a television monitor with the show's executive producer Lorne Michaels.

"I just didn't think it was a realistic depiction of the way my press conferences would have gone," she said.

"Why couldn't we have done the '30 Rock' sketch that I wrote?" she asked, referring to the NBC comedy which stars Fey.

"Honestly, not enough people know that show," Michaels responds.

Later, Alec Baldwin - Fey's '30 Rock' co-star and an outspoken liberal - turned up, mistook Palin for Fey, and tried to convince Michaels not to let Fey appear on the show with the governor. He snapped his fingers, trying to remember the nickname some had given Palin.

"Caribou Barbie," Palin reminded him.

Baldwin, still oblivious that he was talking to the governor, continued: "You want her, our Tina, to go out there and stand there with that horrible woman," he asked. "What do you have to say for yourself?"

Michaels points out he was standing next to the real thing himself.

"Forgive me, I must say this," Baldwin backtracked. "You are way hotter in person. I mean seriously. I mean, I can't believe they let her play you."

Palin laughed and responded that Baldwin's brother, Stephen, was her favorite. Stephen Baldwin, also an actor, is a Christian conservative with his own ministry.

Palin then took the podium and told the reporters she was not going to take any of their questions.

She then uttered the signature line that opens the show every weekend: "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night."

Later in the show, Palin appeared on the 'Weekend Update' segment that skewers items in the news.

"I've been thinking it over and I'm not going to do the piece we rehearsed," she told Weekend Update co-anchor Seth Meyers. "My gut is telling me it might be a bad idea for the campaign."

Segment host Amy Poehler said she would do the part - and launched into a hilarious rap about being Sarah Palin. Among her backup dancers was a cast member who impersonated Palin's husband, Todd.

Palin grooved along to the music, even raising her hands when Poehler sang "All the mavericks in the house, put your hands up/ All the plumbers in the house, put your pants up."

The plumber reference was meant to invoke the now-famous Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, who Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain has held up as a small business owner who will see his taxes rise if his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, wins the election.

Until Palin's appearance Saturday, "Saturday Night Live" has featured three opening skits in which Fey played the governor.

Fey first appeared as Palin for the show's season premiere last month in a sketch with Poehler, who played Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Fey reprised her role as Palin two weeks later, again alongside Poehler, who played CBS's Katie Couric in a parody of Palin's interview with the CBS anchor earlier that week.


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  1. Rj5000

    Sarah's heat tiles came off during her launch to stardom!

    October 19, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  2. X-Republican

    She’s incapable of doing a serious interview to let us know where she stands on the issues, but she can go on snl? She really is a joke, and I don’t mean in a funny way!

    October 19, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  3. Alison

    It was very safe, just like every event she does now. Very bland, but she got through it. At least now she's heard Tina Fey's impression and not just watched without the sound on.

    October 19, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  4. Jan - Canada

    She was'nt funny at all, and this was suppose to show us her moxie . She did'nt do anything . All she has shown us, is that she's good dividing up the people of America and bringing out the worst in everyone . Like that's a good quality for a VP..........I don't think so !

    America deserves better than this. Make sure you can vote , then get out and do it. Help your neighbours, if they need it , to get to the polls .

    Change is'nt scary, it's growth .........

    Blessings, Joy & Peace To Everyone

    October 19, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  5. JTACK

    It was not funny at all, she was just there. The only decent part was Alec trashing her, but other then that, it was one of the worst SNL skits on a long time

    October 19, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  6. Sarah Palin on SNL

    Waiting for Joe Bilden to now appear on SNL.

    October 19, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  7. sick & tired of it

    Odd that Palin has time to do SNL, but not any REAL interviews like with CNN, Meet The Press, Hardball, etc. She belongs in Hollywood, not in the White House. I can't wait until this whole farce is over and we can move forward. History will look back on her as the cynical choice of McCanin.......nothing more. Of course, there's always the chance she will go back to Alaska and be IMPEACHED for all her little shenanigans up there. You betcha!

    October 19, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  8. Rob

    Honestly about the only thing Palin is good for is a laugh. We've already seen she's not very good at Politics.

    October 19, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  9. Frank Glandale Ca

    It's funny that she doing it because this will be her only time on this show and most any others 15 days to go..... After this is over she will fade away into the snow covered alaska country side.

    Good bye, and Good Luck.

    Signed,

    America

    October 19, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  10. Maverick

    We watch campaign efforts as they impact the American environment and the global atmosphere. We are very disturbed and disappointed with Palin’s irresponsible comments/innuendos which stir racist and divisive sentiments. She should be concerned that she has stirred many peoples’ minds, igniting prejudice and hatred—very unchristian!—a stark contradiction to what her professed religion stands for. Let it be known, her perceivable prejudice against a black man is further perceived as prejudice towards every colored man/woman, yellow, black or brown!

    October 19, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  11. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Palin was not funny. I think the campaign wanted to show Americans
    that she is different from the character Tina Fey portrays. Too late!
    SNL should kept Tina on for two more weeks!

    October 19, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  12. Carmen

    Shouldn't this say, "Stephen Baldwin, whom very few would consider an actor, is a Christian conservative with his own ministry"?

    Anyway, looks like the McCain camp is getting desperate! I appreciated Tina Fey's short appearance a lot more than the real Palin's.

    And please stop peddling this lie about Joe the Plumber having his taxes raised under the Obama plan–he would benefit from Obama's plan because he doesn't make anywhere near $250k, nor does the company in question. McCain is a joke.

    October 19, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  13. Terry, NJ

    Love your Sarah!!! :)

    McCain/Palin 08!!!

    NOBAMA!!!

    October 19, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
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