March 3rd, 2010
02:29 PM ET
5 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. Andy

    If you want real comedy-watch the Democrats & Obama try to run the country,now that is a real hoot.

    March 3, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. SensibleJoe

    This woman needs to go away. She's neither witty nor insightful. She's a hack. And if she doesn't want her children to be the subject of media focus, she needs to stop dragging them into the limelight on stage.

    March 3, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Liz

    Finally! something she doesn't totally suck at. she might actually have a future in stand-up. at least she can't do much harm doing that. she's already a joke, she might as well go with it.

    March 3, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Jerry

    OK, credit where it's due, some of those one-liners are pretty funny. Kudos.

    That said, if she's now describing that cringeworthy move as a "poor boy's version of the teleprompter", why was she mocking Obama's use of a teleprompter?

    Also, you can't uncross a line Sarah, any more than you can unring a bell.

    March 3, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Suze

    After the first chuckle (at her expense), Sarah Palin is about as funny as cancer.

    March 3, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Laverne

    If writing in the palm of your hand is a "poor boy's version of a teleprompter" then why are you always criticizing President Obama for using a teleprompter? All presidents use notes or a teleprompter. At least with a teleprompter you look directly at the American people while talking instead of looking down talking to the doggone podium. Sarah Paliln, you are the biggest idiot. Again you criticize the media outlets, particulary the liberal media and then you turn around and appear on their shows. Such a hypocrite! This woman has the IQ of a rock!

    March 3, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. carolflowery

    Palin was fabulous, get a life

    March 3, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Andy Rodgers

    This could be the Republican Presidential nominee in 2012???

    Puleeeeze

    March 3, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Suzie McKay in Las Vegas

    Media unfairly targeting your family? Then why did you shove your kids into the limelight in the hope parading them across a stage would get you elected? You are responsible for your poor parenting decisions – you, and no one else.

    March 3, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Pragmatic

    Palin has been doing monologues for years! Her resignation speech was really funny ... almost as good when she pardoned one turkey while another was being slaughtered behind her ...

    Did she use a teleprompter or her "palm" pilot?

    March 3, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Justin

    From a fellow Republican, GO AWAY

    March 3, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Telrider

    I am glad John McCain Lost the election. His VP nominee says "she is glad she is not vice president"! Then again we saw how well she did as a governor!! The truth is that she neither is a politician nor a comedian.

    March 3, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    Uncross a line? Really? Dumber and Dumber.

    March 3, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. If you need a clown for your act-take Obama

    Take Obama for the clown part and Pelosi & Reid for the jesters.Could use the Democrats in the background for more laughs.

    March 3, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. I Love America

    Thanks CNN for another Palin story. I'm starting to think deep down you really do like her. I know I'm starting to come around and find her to truly be a delightful person. Thanks Again!

    March 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Lorraine

    I wonder if she used this "poor boy's version of the teleprompter" to help in her education. She certainly showed a lack of basic knowledge in a range of subjects during the run to the White House. She picks a topic, attacks without having or caring about all the facts and then spreads untruths. When confronted she blames the media or anyone else because it cannot be her fault. If she cannot remember 3 simple topics for discussion, I shudder at the thought of her possibly meeting with world leaders or even meetings with staff in the US. Really, just how much can you write on your hand to carry you through a sometimes lengthy discussion.

    March 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. DAW, NC

    what dribble, she does everything possible to get attention then complains if it doesn't meet "her" expectations.

    March 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Steve froim FL

    Well, Sarah finally found her real vocation...a comic.

    Wait a minute...she has always been a joke!

    March 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Tony in PA - ex republican

    Gutter trash.... It's funny how she lambasted Obama for being a celebrity and since she left the campaign that is all she has aspired to do. Your kids are fair game becuase you put them out there. Does anybody even know John McCain's Sons' names.... NO, becuase he doesn't sell them as pillars for his image.

    March 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Kevin

    Sarah should stick with being Governor of Alaska. Whoops, I forgot she quit that job, to do THIS???? REALLY?

    March 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Jack

    Unbelievably inept at anything, really. Go away foolish women...go away.

    March 3, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. eva from tampa

    And there are really people in this country who feel she is qualified to lead this nation??? Insane. John McCain and his selection committee owe this country a huge apology for letting this genie out of the bottle–all in the name of politics at the expense of this country and their own agenda. Shameful.

    March 3, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Mike

    What a loser.... everything out of her mouth is a joke (none of it funny).

    March 3, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Repugnants are Taliban

    This idiot would eat cow dung off a shingle if she thought it would get her in the media, sadly the media falls all over i tself to put this brainless twit in the spotlight every chance it gets. Why, because they know the biggest joke in the USA is this twit and the brain dead bigoted racists who support her. This is not the Tea Party but the Party of Morons and this is thier leader, God help the USA if this is all they can scrape up on the right wing for anything above and beyond dog catcher.

    March 3, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Bob

    And...Jay Leno's has sold out completely. Congrats, Jay. Who owns your show now, GE, or is it Exxon?

    March 3, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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