May 15th, 2010
07:52 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin does a bit of stand up


(CNN) – She's a politician, an author, cable news contributor and sought-after speaker. But perhaps former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is interested in a new title: comedienne.

In what can only be described as a bit of a schtick, Palin had some fun Friday with the notion that she and her family might be rednecks.

Speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, Palin claimed that some in the media have tried to portray members of the Tea Party movement as "violent or racist or rednecks."

"And I don't really have a problem with the redneck part of it, to tell you the truth. I don't," the former vice presidential candidate told the crowd. "That's fine with me."

Palin told the gun rights supporters how she recently searched online for the best redneck jokes to prepare for an appearance in Alabama where she was introduced by a radio personality named "Bubba."

"But, I'm reading them [thinking] these aren't funny, these are me," Palin said to laughter. "They really are."


Holding what looked like a BlackBerry, Palin told some of the jokes to the NRA crowd.

"'You're a redneck if directions to your house include turn off the paved road.'" "Yep," Palin said rhetorically, "Go to Wasilla, turn off the paved road. That's where we are."

"'You may be a redneck if you're ever involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.'" "Todd and I? No. But, we have friends – yep, truly – a custody fight over their hunting dog."

" – 'If you yell at your husband, come move this transmission so I can take a bath.'" "I thought that one was funny," Palin told the crowd.

"-'If you use your fishing license as a form of i.d.'" "Well, I do that all the time in Dillingham," Palin said. "That's how you cash your checks."

Palin also told jokes about having steel toes in your "best shoes," going hunting on your honeymoon, getting the septic tank pumped as an anniversary present, having Thanksgiving dinner served on a ping-pong table, thinking Wal-Mart is expensive, and spending the night in the bed of your truck rather than paying for a hotel room.


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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Thanks Sarah but we knew that already.

    May 14, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. Joe

    wow, to think this clown was running as vice president not too long ago... scarry!

    May 14, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. dina

    Well shrewd little Ms. Palin just go herself a lot more votes from all those rednecks in the U.S. and there are a lot of them. I do have a problem with one state in that if you admit you are a redneck and say you are not a racist or violent, that may be a problem. That is not to ay that all rednecks are racist or violent, but I know a lot who are. Who dies she think she is fooling abuot racism and a call to violence.Does she think the intelligent liberals don't see through her carefully orchestrated campaign to gather as much of the right wing as possible. I am sure a lot of them read the same newspapers and magazines and literature that she does which is not saying too much. Pleas someonemake her go away.

    May 14, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Bud in NC

    Palin a redneck? Sorry but there is not enough sun in Alaska for her to be a red neck. But she does fulfill the other requirement to be a redneck. Rednecks are igonorant. Nuff said.

    May 14, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. L.O.

    res ipsa loquitor

    May 14, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. Pkm

    The only thing sara cares about is her self if she had a better offer she would take it

    May 14, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Truly pandering to low information ilk, isn't she?

    DISGUSTING!

    May 14, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Bridget

    Having come from a long line of rednecks in Appalachian West Virginia (the original home of the "redneck"), I can tell you for a fact that rednecks don't live in houses on lakes (with accompanying planes) that are worth over a half million dollars, doing speeches for thousands and thousands of dollars. Nice try at being one of the common people, Sarah.

    May 14, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Jack

    What a world. What used to be "bad" is "good" and now what's "redneck" is "smart and relevant." Sounds..... uhm, Republican.

    May 14, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Central Phoenix

    Duh Screech Palin, but now you just insulted the rednecks and CNN she is a former politician a quiter she is NOT a politician anymore I don't know why you giver her so much publicity.

    May 14, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. zeep

    Please go away Palin.

    May 14, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Eddie B.

    Ooooohhh my God!!! Go away!!! People really think she should be President. It is scary. Did everyone there shoot their guns in the air after her speech?!?! Yeeee Haaaaa!

    May 14, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Carole

    When is CNN going to stop giving this moron free publicity? Aren't there many issues more worthy of time and editorial space than a money-grubbing idiot who happily refers to herself as a "redneck?" Y'know, we all knew that already. You betcha!.

    May 14, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. Aaron

    As if rednecks don't already have a bad rep, now they have this loon claiming to be one of them! Too bad she didn't say that she was North Korean, that'd cement their bad reputation.

    May 14, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. runner305

    "She's a politician, an author, cable news contributor and sought-after speaker. But perhaps former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is interested in a new title: comedienne". Really?!
    Actually, she's a 1/2-term governor, a quitter, manipulator, liar, and as far as being a comedian? Well, I think more people are laughing AT her than WITH her. Yep, you betcha!
    The best thing that any Democrat can hope for is that this self-consumed idiot will run for President in 2012. So keep yappin', Failin' Palin!

    May 14, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. DAVE

    how about being called an ignorant moron, Sally? 'cause you are...

    May 14, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. Honest Bud

    Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are no different than a television evangilist. The evangilist prostitutes the word of the Lord to become rich and Palin, Beck and Limbaugh prostituted the words of hate to become rich. Either group will say almost anything to make a buck.

    May 14, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. billybob 'n NC

    Mam, I AM a redneck and you are NOT! You become a redneck from HARD work and not abandoning your family responsibilities and job (gov.). I don't want you identifying yourself with a "redneck." What I would like for you to do is to take your money grubbing hands and get the he#& back to Alaska. You are becoming an embarrassment to us.

    May 14, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Mike

    I would much rather be a redneck than a spineless liberal progressive pansy.

    May 14, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. Michael

    Sarah Palin, proving that it's possible to pander to your base while remaining true to yourself.

    May 14, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. JB

    I cannot believe the NRA would pay her $100,000 to speak and hear those redneck jokes...I'm surprised she could fit them all onto the palm of her hand...

    May 14, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. moe

    Its a shame people actually believe this nut having pay her hundreds of thousands of dollars to stand before them and blantently lie in their face. What an act but its making her rich so i guess she's not that dum when it comes to making money off tea partiers and the GOP audience.

    May 14, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  23. Dave in Seattle

    Finally, something that Sarah Palin and I agree on....she is a redneck.

    May 14, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. James Ruston

    Isn't Sarah just the cutest little thing?

    May 14, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. Amber

    I can think of a few better words. The nicer of them would be idiot.

    May 14, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
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