March 3rd, 2010
02:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin takes turn as late-night comic

Palin tried her hand as a comedian Tuesday.
Palin tried her hand as a comedian Tuesday.

(CNN) - Forget about her possible White House ambitions. Is Sarah Palin angling for a career slinging jokes on late-night TV?

Appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, Palin, whom Leno called a "new comedienne from Wasilla, Alaska," tried her hand at delivering a monologue.

You can decide for yourself if Palin should stick to punditry and politics.

Her quips after the jump:

"Alaska is so different from Los Angeles. Here, when people have a frozen look on their face, I find out it's botox."

"It is so warm and beautiful. Back home it was freezing - it was five degrees below Congress' approval rating."

"Shaun White on the show. What an amazing athlete. I watched him do a double McTwist 1260. The only other people to do a double McTwist 1260 was last week, the White House, on health care."

"How about that amazing, closing ceremony. It was beautiful. The minute I saw that giant moose, I remembered I hadn't cooked anything for the kids' dinner."

"I've been really busy. I picked a gig in Las Vegas at the Legends Show, playing Tina Fey."

"The truth is I am glad I am not vice president. I would not know what to do with all that free time."

Palin then sat down for an interview. She talked to Leno about having been caught with notes on the palm of her hand during a recent speech. Dubbing the move a "poor boy's version of the teleprompter," the former Alaska governor said it was a tactic her father had taught her.

The onetime vice presidential nominee also reiterated her belief that the media has unfairly targeted members of her family.

"Yes, a line was crossed," she said. "I'm still waiting for that line to be uncrossed: Just some common decency, allowing the kids to not be, I guess, the victim in all this because they certainly don't deserve it."


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    To all the President Obama haters who love to say with a smirk that he can't talk without a teleprompter:

    Chekc out his ripping of the Republicans at their retreat and his performance at the Health Care Summit – the only bozos without an idea in their heads or the ability to speak are the GOP!

    March 3, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Hub

    It shows she has a sense of humor. Why are we even talking about this?

    March 3, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Joe

    Sarah Palin's kids ARE victims...of their own mother's crossing the line. Its a shame Leno has to resort to boosting this Borderline Personality Narcissistic excuse for a republican leader.

    March 3, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. coach

    She has found her nitch-comedian! Finally.

    March 3, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Rob

    As much as I dislike her she was kind of funny.

    March 3, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Phil in IN

    No one seriously believes she wrote those jokes, do they?

    This is minutiae perhaps, but the stand-up was after the interview, not before.

    March 3, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Peter Zamoyski

    Come on people – get a life. She studied journalism and apparently she wanted to tryout a monologue and Jay granted her that desire. What is the big deal????
    Stop being so petty and STUPID!!!!!

    March 3, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Rob

    Sarah Palin is the greatest American, patriotic,decent person, good mother, and a great threat to the leftist arrogant liberal democrats. They are affraid of her because she tells it like it is. You call a leftis a leftist liberal no matter how they present themselfs. They put lip stick on themselfs and still pigs. The arrogant leftist liberal democrats will be going down this year. GUARANTEE!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. penn spell

    So we already know that she is not a serious public servant and now we know she is not very funny so she probably ought to run for Congress.

    March 3, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Gordon Shumway

    I think she does a better job as a comedian than she could ever do as a serious national politician. Kind of like the joke we've got sitting in the White House right now!

    March 3, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. homer

    She could have just stood there, she is the biggest joke in the world.

    March 3, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Clint, Wa.

    Being a joke doesn't make you a comedian.

    March 3, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Great !!! she is a great comedian..............

    March 3, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Linda

    I saw a few of these. Her delivery could use some improvement. Can't wait to see how the liberals trash her. Admit it, if Jay Leno or Dave Letterman had delivered the same lines, people would have laughed their heads off. It is totally amazing to me how people who profess to be Christians can so deeply hate someone. Is it fear, ignorance or what?? Amazing....

    March 3, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Maureen

    Although I would still rather vote for my dog instead of her, kudos to Sarah Palin's advisors for effective repackaging. Jeans, lighter make-up, self-depreciating humor courtesy of a joke writer, it was all designed to make Ms. Palin more affable. The question is whether Ms. Palin will be able to remain in this new persona. Personally, I doubt it. With an undiscernable sense of humor and a thin skin, all it will take is one spark to make her go off script. Fun to watch American marketing in action though.

    March 3, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. hawkeye

    She should stay in Alaska. We already have Ellen , who is a better political candidate.

    March 3, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. TOM MCGEE

    not bad , kinda funny. but I thought she was a bigger joke when she ran for vp

    March 3, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Carole

    She may not have any smarts politically, but this girl knows how to get it while its hot....she is making that money and setting up herself for the future...laughing all the way to the bank...only in America ...

    March 3, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Dave

    Well, she should explore something other than presidential politics. And also something other than trying to hijack the Tea Party movement, too.

    March 3, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Gottlieb Schlittenfahrt

    Looks like a failure at stand-up comedy too. This bimbo couldn't chew gum and fart at the same time.

    March 3, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. ross berg- Buffalo NY

    Seems to me that she has a MUCH greater chance of success as a stand up comedian than an elected official.

    With the latest Gallup numbers showing a huge majority of independents saying that she is unqualified to hold national office she'd be a long ways ahead by adding to her joke inventory!!

    March 3, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. themoi

    Not only does she not have the brains to be president, she can't even tell jokes. Go back to moose hunting. Bada boom, bada bing.

    March 3, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. bickham

    This lady will be a winner no matter what she may choose to do..... whether it be a jokester or politician! Sorry I missed the show, but caught her on SNL before.

    March 3, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Gottlieb Schlittenfahrt

    Looks like a failure at stand-up comedy, too. This bimbo couldn't chew gum and fart at the same time.

    March 3, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. alpha_nu_916

    she should stick to her day job – a power craving wierdo.
    and people like her why? is it her fundamental grasp of the english language – "Just some common decency, allowing the kids to not be, I guess, the victim in all this because they certainly don't deserve it." this is the same syntax used by yoda . . . "when 900 years old you be, look as good you will not."

    March 3, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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