April 3rd, 2014
10:02 AM ET
9 months ago

Fallon, dressed as Putin, calls Palin

(CNN) – Wearing a wig and what looked like a well-tailored Russian suit, Jimmy Fallon went into character as Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday on "The Tonight Show" and made a call to another participant in the skit: Sarah Palin.

"Hello, Miss Palin, it's me, Vladimir," he says.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee responds: "Vladimir? What are you doing calling me?"

"Putin" says he wants to know if it was true that Palin predicted a Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2008.

After she replies with her often-used catch phrase "You betcha, Vlad" the faux-Putin jokes that he once invaded a country called "You-Betcha-Vlad."

He asks her which country he should invade next, but she issues him a warning instead: "Get those troops out of Ukraine right now."

Putin calls her "Captain Buzz Kill," before adding that he could have used her "predicting powers" in his "office March Madness pool."

"My bracket's totally busted," he added. "How's your bracket doing?"

Palin thanks him for asking: "Bracket's good. You know, he's going to be six this month. Yeah. And Bracket just went out with Track and Jacket, and he shot his first bear."

The joke was a reference to the uncommon names of Palin's children: Track, Trig, Piper, Willow and Bristol.

"I come from strong genes" the fake Putin says with a thick Russian accent. "President Obama, he come from mom jeans."

Obama wants people to quit bashing his jeans

Towards the end of the skit, Fallon as Putin signals that he has to hang up because he needs to go pick up vodka from the store. But he laments, saying he wishes he had a neighbor who could pick some up for him.

"Well, actually," Palin says smiling, "Alaska's not that far from Russia. Hold on a second."

She gets up and walks across the split-screen to hand him a bottle. (Palin famously said in a 2008 interview that Alaska's proximity to Russia helped boost her foreign policy experience.)

"Actually Alaska really is close to Russia," Putin says. "Maybe I should invade."

"I wouldn't if I were you, Vlad," Palin responds. "You may be able to take down a bear, but you're no match for a mama grizzly."


Filed under: Jimmy Fallon • Sarah Palin • Vladimir Putin
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ron L

    Sarah Palin will do anything to stay in the news. She is an AVERAGE person, selected by a desperate Presidential candidate that really does not deserve the attention she continually gets. I look forward to the day CNN ignores her. She offers NOTHING of value to the political discourse.....

    April 3, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Ron L: "Sarah Palin will do anything to stay in the news. She is an AVERAGE person, selected by a desperate Presidential candidate that really does not deserve the attention she continually gets."

    And the only reason she became gov of Alaska is because she's photogenic: That's the most hard-up state in the nation!

    April 3, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Fallon is a complete idiot.

    There are no good late night hosts at all, now.

    April 3, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Gunderson

    Eh,
    Be careful. Mammy Yokum may be your next Prez/Vice Prez! You know her as Sarah Palin. And believe it or not, she can see "Obama Care". So either get a job, "Dirty 4 Letter word" or call your Nanny!

    April 3, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Why does CNN focus on this idiot? I don't know. Quit.

    April 3, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Ron L:

    "Sarah Palin will do anything to stay in the news."

    And CNN (and others) will continue to insult our intelligence by continuing to allow her to remain in the news.

    April 3, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Ron L:

    "Sarah Palin will do anything to stay in the news."

    And CNN (and others) will continue to insult our intelligence by continuing to allow her to remain in the news
    -------------------------------------------------
    Sadly true.

    April 3, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. bcrunner

    @Rick McDaniel: Are you kidding me? He is fantastic!! It's Sarah Palin who is the idiot and doesn't know when she is made fun of... again...

    April 3, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. salty dog

    Excuse me while I vomit.

    April 3, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama

    Sad (also too) is our political system becoming nothing more that the newest fad in spectator gamesmanship.

    Not my cup of tea. Now or ever.

    April 3, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Thank you my sisters Lynda and Dominican Mama!! ICAM!

    April 3, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Luc

    Her children must be so proud of her.

    April 3, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Fallon is a complete idiot. There are no good late night hosts at all, now.
    --------------------------
    Does that include, what-they-call-them, the "Fox News' Red Eye Five"?

    April 3, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. AZ Dem

    @ Ron L:

    Your are absolutely correct!

    April 3, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. wendel

    Jimmy made the idiot look even dumber. So I think he did a good thing. Repos seem to pick the stupidest people to represent them. Wonder why????

    April 3, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Tampa Tim

    If you really want late night entertainment, TiVo Hannity and Billo. That is comedy.

    April 3, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. John

    "I come from strong genes" the fake Putin says with a thick Russian accent. "President Obama, he come from mom jeans."
    --

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Too funny... Come on people, it was hilarious!

    April 3, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. a little sad

    I generally have no use for Palin. But hating everything just cause she's Palin is as bad as hating everything Obama does just because he's Obama. This was kind of cute.

    April 3, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Gunderson

    Whazzat?,
    News Flash. Fallon called Sarah because he doesn't want to fade like yesterdays Newspaper. Humm? So if some of you so smart why you no rich? Call your Nanny!

    April 3, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda and Wake Up:
    Where's our national pride?
    Why do we keep rolling these people out,giving them a platform and putting a mike in front of them?
    It is embarrassing to see so many representatives bemoan the success of the ACA and continue to pray for its' failure. Nevermind all the times that they will continue to waste millions of taxpayers' dollars trying to repeal it with the full knowledge that their efforts will be i vain.
    How about the latest Supreme Court ruling: Citizens Unlimited? being equated to freedom of speech.
    The whole world is laughing at us with these jokers and these maneuvers.

    April 3, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Anonymous

    The lefties in just HATE the fact that Palin (and Romney) were 100% correct about Russia and Putin, and Obama and Hillary Clinton were 100% WRONG about Putin and Russia (FAILED Russian reset policy).

    As we are finding out the hard way, they have been wrong about sooo much.

    April 3, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Tampa Tim

    Palin and Mittens were not correct. Russia is a regional power.

    April 3, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Anonymous

    The lefties in just HATE the fact that Palin (and Romney) were 100% correct about Russia and Putin, and Obama and Hillary Clinton were 100% WRONG about Putin and Russia (FAILED Russian reset policy).
    -----------------
    Not half as much as "righties" hate the fact that Obama got Bin Laden after Bush had given up.

    April 3, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. salty dog

    I have bittersweet feelings for Palin, I find her mind bitter, and the rest of her sweet, she makes for some funny skits though.

    April 3, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. tom l

    @Rudy,
    "Not half as much as "righties" hate the fact that Obama got Bin Laden after Bush had given up."
    =====

    The fact that you actually believe that is just so sad but it truly shows where your heart is. You are just a bitter bitter partisan who is no better than the small sliver of "righties" that feel that way. Please find me one "rightie" politician who has echoed that sentiment.

    April 3, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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