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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  1. beasto

    Try, 'trailer park princess.' Redneck is an old term for someone who worked in the sun all day so had an eternally burnt neck. Sure they tended to be uneducated, but she's proof that you can educate stupid all you want, but it never goes away (e.g. 'Africa's a continent, not a country?'). However, working in the sun your whole life has virtue in it too. She just never had any of that kind, either.

    May 14, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Beth60

    I can't believe I finally agree with Palin on something.....

    May 14, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Dan

    Either way, WE LOVE AND ADMIRE HER AND HER HONESTY!!!!

    May 14, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Future expat

    I don't care that she's a redneck. What bothers me is that she's a moron.

    May 14, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Donnatella

    I guess that was her way of trying to relate to the NC crowd, I was born and raised in Charlotte long before it became the business center it is today, I wouldn't of went to see this witch if it were for free, she must think that all of us in NC are rednecks and spend our life at NASCAR. I got news for Ms Palin she probably offended a few people that are trying to live pass those stereotypes. How anybody could listen to her screeching voice for more that 1 minute is beyond me, it could cut glass.

    May 14, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Be_O_Be

    How strange that the word "redneck" began during the coal strikes in West Virginia. The union workers used a red handkerchief around their necks to identify themselves as part of the labor movement. I guess she's pro union now.

    May 14, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Yup, you betcha (wink wink) – you are definitely a stupid, ignorant, uniformed loser redneck, and if you are proud of that, so be it. But you are still a loser, a liar, and stupid. You have no intelligence, no understanding of the U.S. Constitution, and really no family values. You are a stupid pig. You don't even read. Can't say that about many people, but it fits you perfectly. And yet, you are proud of your stupidity, your ignorance, your anti-Americanism. You, & your hubbie, hoped to withdraw from the U.S. What does that make you?? A traitor?

    May 14, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. steve

    Redneck translation is a RACIST!! I'm white and i'm saying this

    May 14, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. ricky Atlanta

    Are those "TelePrompTers?

    May 14, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Bubba

    As a true redneck, it pains me that the Alaskan Quitter wants to be part of my social affiliation. If she wants to prove her true redneckism, she must swill beer to excess and fart in public. She already qualifies as a redneck in her sexual preferences, early and often and then get married.

    May 14, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Ed

    I'd rather call you Governor Quitter

    May 14, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. dogdude

    Sarah, go to hell.

    May 14, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. AGuest9

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is interested in a new title: comedienne. Why is this news? We already knew she was a joke!!!

    May 14, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Discernment

    BEING A REDNECK IS NOT THE ISSUE!

    The problem Sarah is that you are the worse concoction of meanest and nastiness combined with a lack of wisdom, discernment, and good reasoning; all mixed in a large bowl vile stupidity.

    And I don't know any rednecks whose character goes as low as Sarah Palin's.

    May 14, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. RH

    What a buffoon. Sorry, but there's no co-opting that particular term of disparagement. Being a redneck is NOT something of which to be proud.

    May 14, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. ac

    She don't have a problem with tea party red neck or racist label. Heck if she were elected she would do away with the media that asked intelligent questions. LOL!

    May 14, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. IVOTE

    Translation: Palin thinks she is now "Elite" now that she has hustled her supporters to make her a MILLIONAIRE.

    May 14, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Republicans is smart in the head area

    It 's getting to be no fun to ridicule Sarah Palin because she's become a cartoon caricature of herself.

    May 14, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. AQ

    So........ is she the *last* to know she's a redneck???? She's even less intelligent than I thought (which now officially puts her below slug) if it took her this long! Why are so many in this country listening to her? Oh, right, because we have far too many inbred rednecks here. Let's start a bill to get *them* out of the country.

    May 14, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. sssimon

    Sarah Palin a redneck. Who would have thunk it?

    May 14, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. anthony

    If you do not mind oil spill tar balls in your bikini, you might be a redneck. If you yell Drill baby drill during intimate moments you may be a redneck.

    May 14, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. Mandy

    And what a dumb one at that. Good grief.

    Her brain is made of bad gas and gun powder.

    May 14, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. Gordon

    She doesn't think they are funny, because they are her. That is what is so funny, because she seems to think that she is more than a pretty face, and she is not. I'd wager that an IQ test would put her around 100, which is the same as most people. So, bimbo she was, and bimbo she is.

    May 14, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. WoodinVirginia

    Redneck from some hilbilly town in Idaho marries a Indian & produces Indian-Neck kids.
    Same Redneck says she is a secessionist & wants Alaska to cede away from the USA.
    Same Redneck quits Governors job after working as Mayor where she left them with a 21 M white elephant building & got her own home additions on it by the same contractors who built the white elephant for Wasila.
    Same Redneck is Pentecostal for 15 years then when media finds out she suddenly becomes "baptist"
    Redneck claims she cas see another country from the deck of her house.

    Time to STOP listening to this Redneck....Quitters aren't good for the country & this 'neck hasn't finished one thing successfully i her past history and that includes raising kids.. everything she touches is tainted . Luckily she finished college after attended five of them with 5 different majors.

    May 14, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Discernment

    Do not associate Sarah Palin with rednecks. Sarah is way too stupid to qualify as a being a real redneck. She is just an "ignorant, crackpot, lipstick wearing pitbull, wannabe redneck pretender".

    May 14, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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