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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tina Fey as is Sarah Palin

posted by on September 14 at 8:08 AM

Missed it last night because of the Genius Awards, first thing I looked for when I woke up this morning…

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1

Amazing resemblance.

Man, they should do a Sarah thing every week. Chevy Chase absolutely solidified the Clumsy Gerald Ford meme in the public consciousness...a few more of those nervous laugh bits like the one that followed "Bush Doctrine" and she'll be branded a dunce more effectively than any Obama ad could do.

That is, if people even watch that show any more. I quit when Akroyd, Morris, Newman, Radner, Belushi, Curtin et al left.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 14, 2008 8:33 AM
2

I watched this, it was funny, but not as good as this http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/digital-short-space-olympics/656361/

I laugh whenever I see Andy Samberg's face.

Posted by Fortuna Mandolin | September 14, 2008 8:36 AM
3

Tina Fey did a great impression, but Amy Poehler rocked the house as Clinton, too. I think SNL does its best work during election time.

And the Space Olympics thing was a crazy hoot.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | September 14, 2008 8:39 AM
4

Why aren't Obama's writers as good as this? And why the hell isn't Hillary his VP nomination? Dear god, when ARE they going to grow a pair?

Posted by yucca flower | September 14, 2008 8:49 AM
5

@2
That was the least funny short I've ever seen.

Posted by The CHZA | September 14, 2008 8:57 AM
6

I knew they looked alike, but that was creepy good. I'd say that someone should swap Fey for Palin on the trail to take down the McCain campaign, but the real deal seems to be doing that well enough as it is.

Posted by josh | September 14, 2008 9:07 AM
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Poehler's lines were funny and she delivered them well, but Tina's impression really showed her up. Tina knocked it out of the park (as everyone seems to be saying about everything these days). Hillary has particular cadences and rhythms, but Amy just spoke as Amy.

Posted by Terry | September 14, 2008 9:17 AM
8

That ... was a damn fine way to start my morning.

Posted by Steve | September 14, 2008 9:27 AM
9

That was brilliant. I haven't watched SNL in years, but as soon as I watched Palin at the RNC, I knew Fey would do her.

Why oh why is SNL only good when there's a politician to make fun of?

Posted by Kaz | September 14, 2008 9:34 AM
10

Palin nailed it and my Palin Dinosaurs are 4000 years old fake quote from my blog lives on. Too funny.

Posted by Bob | September 14, 2008 9:56 AM
11

I meant Fey nailed it as Palin. She's got the voice down.

Posted by Bob | September 14, 2008 9:57 AM
12

The first time I have watched it in years - I think the college set is still tapped in.

Tina was very good, an exact imitation, including the beauty queen gestures.

To the consternation of all you Biden fans, it echos one more time why is Hillary not on the ticket?

Good news dept. - Obama is polling very well in Iowa, like a ten point lead. I only know Iowa is not a dem. stronghold, so maybe it is a signal of return bounce to Obama. I hope so.

Palin will be in Washington Sept. 24 - I have no details. Dino will get some media out of it. Too bad.

Posted by Mark | September 14, 2008 10:19 AM
13

thank god for tina fey, because the other 84 minutes of the show was TERRIBLE.

Posted by isweatbutter | September 14, 2008 10:24 AM
14

Oh Yucca, dear Yucca, can you imagine a Palin/Clinton match up? It would have been framed as the Christian Alaska PTA mom (soon to be a Grandma!) versus the Lesbian Atheist Murderess of Little Rock who ran the DC Whorehouse.

The whole parade of characters would come trooping back (Paula, Monica, The Arkansas Troopers, Vince Foster, The Rose Law Firm, Whitewater, Travelgate, The Christmas Cards, the dead Arkansas teens, the black helicopters smuggling drugs, the Blue Dress etc etc etc)

The GOP built a thriving media empire on Clinton hate, and they were bitterly disappointed when Obama came out of nowhere. They wanly hoped for a Hillary VP so that they could still dust all that crap off and prop it up again, but wisely it was averted.

Hillary can still run in '12, but she even has a chance in '16 (after all, she'll be younger than McCain is now) and by that time maybe a lot of those dumb old farts who buy into that storyline (and voted based on it) will be dead.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 14, 2008 10:30 AM
15

Tina nailed it! Not only did she look like her, she did the voice PERFECTLY.

Posted by Heybabaloo | September 14, 2008 10:39 AM
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Tina Fey NEEDS to be available for SNL every damned week until this election. Out of the 30+ years of SNL, this is the biggest gift in terms of political skit potential and they better use it.

There was a skit last year with Amy-as-Hillary and the real HRC and the vocal resemblance was really eerie. Amy did slip up a little here but overall it was still great.

"You know Sarah, looking back, if I could change one thing, I probably should have wanted it more". Heh.

Posted by genevieve | September 14, 2008 10:40 AM
17

Is there any way we can just sneak Fey into Palin campaign events? Given the relative intelligence of the typical far-right GOP voter, my guess is they'd never be able to tell the difference.

Posted by COMTE | September 14, 2008 10:40 AM
18

I think Sarah Palin is a Hollywood plot to get us to watch SNL.

Tina Fey has Palin's irritating mannerisms down, as well as that fingernails on a chalk board way of talking, OMG, between the Daily Show and this, I think everyone should vote GOP just to keep the jokes coming!

Posted by mama4obama | September 14, 2008 10:41 AM
19

#1: You stopped watching in 1980?

Posted by Demolator | September 14, 2008 10:44 AM
20

@19, Very soon thereafter.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 14, 2008 10:47 AM
21

BRILLIANT!!!

Posted by dawicksta | September 14, 2008 10:57 AM
22

It was frighteningly accurate as far as demeanor and voice and manner! I like the Hillary Palin dialectic, the only problem is that it's completely irrelevant from now on since she's not a candidate.

I thought by far the funniest thing on the show was Andy Samberg's Space Olympics music video that was a great send up of bad eurotech merged with super events.

Here it is:

http://offonatangent.blogspot.com/2008/09/snl-digital-short-space-olympics.html

Posted by John Bailo | September 14, 2008 11:24 AM
23

@20:
Just how old are you?

Posted by Dick | September 14, 2008 11:30 AM
24

it wasn't funny when #2 posted it, either.

Posted by W.T.Foxtrot | September 14, 2008 11:31 AM
25

im not a fan of tina fey's comedy, but man did she nail this one. the smile, the accent, the way she looked around. she should get a good dark writing team and take this show on the road.

Posted by SeMe | September 14, 2008 11:40 AM
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Go ahead, skip another lengthy post if you can't face what's going on.

The Washingotn Post article today entitled "Obama Campaign Begins Counterattack" perfectly illustrates the total lack of message coming out of our candidate. Read it on line, you won't find ANY compelling message Obama gave in a speech in Dover NH.
This is prime OBama territory the large UNH campus city on the coast.
Comments:
-- Here's the lead: "CONCORD, N.H., Sept. 12 -- Sen. Barack Obama and his campaign launched a promised counterpunch against Sen. John McCain on Friday, portraying him as an aging, out-of-touch politician who would cater to "fat-cat" lobbyists and continue President Bush's economic policies."
That's kind of vague, and is cnetered on McCain, not on the swing voter. He needs a lead message that tells the swing voter when he/she will get from an Obama presidency.
-- "They've been talking about lipstick and they've been talking about pigs and they've been talking about Paris and Britney," Obama told a boisterous crowd of 1,500 packed into a gym at a technical college here. "They will spend any amount of money and use any tactic out there in order to avoid talking about how we're going to move America forward to the future."

Dan Savage -brave warrior Oct. 2002
War may be bad for children and other living things, but there are times when peace is worse for children and other living things, and this is one of those times. Saying no to war in Iraq means saying yes to the continued oppression of the Iraqi people.
In the meantime, invading and rebuilding Iraq will not only free the Iraqi people, it will also make the Saudis aware of the consequences they face if they continue to oppress their own people while exporting terrorism and terrorists. The War on Iraq will make it clear to our friends and enemies in the Middle East (and elsewhere) that we mean business: Free your people, reform your societies, liberalize, and democratize... or we're going to come over there, remove you from power, free your people, and reform your societies for ourselves.
Go ahead, skip another lengthy post ifyou can't face what's going on.
The Washingotn Post article today entitled "Obama Campaign Begins Counterattack" perfectly illustrates the total lack of message coming out of our candidate. Read it on line, you won't find ANY compelling message Obama gave in a speech in Dover NH.
This is prime OBama territory the large UNH campus city on the coast.
Comments:
-- Here's the lead: "CONCORD, N.H., Sept. 12 -- Sen. Barack Obama and his campaign launched a promised counterpunch against Sen. John McCain on Friday, portraying him as an aging, out-of-touch politician who would cater to "fat-cat" lobbyists and continue President Bush's economic policies."
That's kind of vague, and is cnetered on McCain, not on the swing voter. He needs a lead message that tells the swing voter when he/she will get from an Obama presidency.
-- "They've been talking about lipstick and they've been talking about pigs and they've been talking about Paris and Britney," Obama told a boisterous crowd of 1,500 packed into a gym at a technical college here. "They will spend any amount of money and use any tactic out there in order to avoid talking about how we're going to move America forward to the future."
Um, Senator, I've read three paragraphs of this story and so far YOU haven't spoken about how YOU"RE going to move America forward.
--"Attempting to shift the focus away from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin" -- a focus aided and abetted by hordes of liberal and lefty bloggers all over the big cities of America -- "and to McCain, Obama quoted his opponent saying Thursday night that "it's easy for me to go to Washington and, frankly, be somewhat divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have."
So, the charge is McCain ahsn't spoken of how to move america forward andhe's out of touch.
Still waiting for Obama to tell us what he'll do.
--""We just can't afford four more years of what John McCain and George Bush consider progress." "
One, why soften it down with that what they consider progress line. Is it or isn't it? Two, this is the closest thing to an economic connection to swing voters you can find in this article and Obama just makes it be this vague, nonspecific charege of "we can't afford THEIR policies."
--"If Democrats were expecting a dramatic change in words, tone or temperament, they did not get it. While McCain attacked him as a pampered, fading celebrity, a sexist and a desperate bully, Obama stuck to familiar themes linking the senator from Arizona to Bush and Washington lobbyists.
Even after being prodded by the audience in Dover, Obama appeared reluctant to get too aggressive."
He can't even see around the corner enough to know that instead of praising Palin he should hsut the fuck up about her and get on his honed economic message. He can't even think ahead enough to realize that if he says senators yak, duh, that's going to be on a GOP TV ad and used against him.
Sorry for all the bad news.
But I've been reading for two days about this new aggressive coutnerattack form the Obama campaign, and it appears to be barely happening.
I gave up reading this WAshPo article after the first internet page. If he could't get his economic message out by then, I assumed he's not going to.
He really needs to go learn something form the Clintons. And why the fuck wasn't Hillary Clinton with him right there in NH?? They've both said they would do whatever he asks.
Unity y'all
Ayup. Apparently he's a big wuss on the campaign trail -- even thecrowd was begging him to fucking fight.
Does he know how?
-- Here's the lead: "CONCORD, N.H., Sept. 12 -- Sen. Barack Obama and his campaign launched a promised counterpunch against Sen. John McCain on Friday, portraying him as an aging, out-of-touch politician who would cater to "fat-cat" lobbyists and continue President Bush's economic policies."
That's kind of vague, and is cnetered on McCain, not on the swing voter. He needs a lead message that tells the swing voter when he/she will get from an Obama presidency.
-- "They've been talking about lipstick and they've been talking about pigs and they've been talking about Paris and Britney," Obama told a boisterous crowd of 1,500 packed into a gym at a technical college here. "They will spend any amount of money and use any tactic out there in order to avoid talking about how we're going to move America forward to the future."

Dan Savage -brave warrior Oct. 2002
War may be bad for children and other living things, but there are times when peace is worse for children and other living things, and this is one of those times. Saying no to war in Iraq means saying yes to the continued oppression of the Iraqi people.

"Glenn Grasso, 39, a doctoral student, pleaded: "When and how are you going to start fighting back?"
Obama responded by calling McCain's ads "just fabricated" and "just made up," an answer that spurred some to shout out: "Lies." "
Boo hoo, waaaaa they're making stuff up. Waaaaa.
Again even the crowd has to prompt him to use that big scaredy adult word "lies."
--""Lies, that's the word," Obama said."
Duh. Thank you Mr. Professor of Law. REally putting the passion into it. "Why yes, my listener, your suggestion as to my diction is correct. Let me adopt your suggestion. Now as to the avereed mendacities let me say this...."
--"Not everyone was reassured. "Truth be told, I'm extremely worried" about Obama's dip in the polls and McCain's attacks, said Jaimee Rudman, 30. Obama's use of McCain's words from a forum Thursday on volunteerism invited a biting response. McCain had suggested that he was out of touch as a way to defend Palin's record as a small-town mayor. But Obama also came to her defense at the forum, saying mayors fill potholes, trim trees and make sure the garbage is collected, while senators "yak." "
Great Mr. Eloquent Speechmaker. You just said senators "yak." Did you forget -- you are a Senator?
What an idiot.
I bet if we ran the primaries over again, he wouldn't have won. This is exactly what many of us predicted -- he's never been in a real fight against GOPsters and their attack machine.
Look, you're right. She is not ready. But:
1. This has never, ever worked as a message to convince anyone not to vote for a pres. candidate.

-- "They've been talking about lipstick and they've been talking about pigs and they've been talking about Paris and Britney," Obama told a boisterous crowd of 1,500 packed into a gym at a technical college here. "They will spend any amount of money and use any tactic out there in order to avoid talking about how we're going to move America forward to the future."
He can't even see around the corner enough to know that instead of praising Palin he should hsut the fuck up about her and get on his honed economic message. He can't even think ahead enough to realize that if he says senators yak, duh, that's going to be on a GOP TV ad and used against him.
Sorry for all the bad news.
But I've been reading for two days about this new aggressive coutnerattack form the Obama campaign, and it appears to be barely happening.
I gave up reading this WAshPo article after the first internet page. If he could't get his economic message out by then, I assumed he's not going to.
He really needs to go learn something form the Clintons. And why the fuck wasn't Hillary Clinton with him right there in NH?? They've both said they would do whatever he asks.
Unity y'all

Evidence: Spiro Agnew. Dan Quayle.
-- Here's the lead: "CONCORD, N.H., Sept. 12 -- Sen. Barack Obama and his campaign launched a promised counterpunch against Sen. John McCain on Friday, portraying him as an aging, out-of-touch politician who would cater to "fat-cat" lobbyists and continue President Bush's economic policies."
That's kind of vague, and is cnetered on McCain, not on the swing voter. He needs a lead message that tells the swing voter when he/she will get from an Obama presidency.

Dan Savage -brave warrior Oct. 2002
War may be bad for children and other living things, but there are times when peace is worse for children and other living things, and this is one of those times. Saying no to war in Iraq means saying yes to the continued oppression of the Iraqi people.

2. All the attention on Palin obscures Obama's message.
OR what it should be.
What is it by the way, anyone know?
He keeps saying he will cut taxes for 95% of taxpayers. What that means to teh average family in Scranton and Youngstown is a huge mystery. Is it a $100 tax cut for the average family? Or $1000?
No one has a clue.
Duh. Thank you Mr. Professor of Law. REally putting the passion into it. "Why yes, my listener, your suggestion as to my diction is correct. Let me adopt your suggestion. Now as to the avereed mendacities let me say this...."

3. I wouldn't focus on experience after OBama spent 19 months blasting the entire concept of experience and kept pointing out "Abraham Lincol dind't have experience, too."
This whole focus does not work.
4. Anyone got a reason why hitting up oil companies to pay more to Alaska citizens and moving along that gas pipeline doesn't count as experience?
As compared, to, say, one speech against a war, or ensuring that senators eat standing up, instead of sitting down, at lobbyist funded receptions.
I mean an additional $1500 or whatever it is in the pockets of each and every Alaskan, versus eating shrimp on a little plate with toothpicks standing up, and giving up the lobster Newburgh which you ahve to eat sitting down.
WHat's more relevant to the average voter?
Ever hear the expression pissing upwind?
Keep it up. The intratrade gap is about 6 or 7 points now, in favor of McCain, and it has grown ever since Palin was named and the left decided the way to win the election is to focus all fire on Palin.

He can't even see around the corner enough to know that instead of praising Palin he should hsut the fuck up about her and get on his honed economic message. He can't even think ahead enough to realize that if he says senators yak, duh, that's going to be on a GOP TV ad and used against him.
Sorry for all the bad news.
But I've been reading for two days about this new aggressive coutnerattack form the Obama campaign, and it appears to be barely happening.
I gave up reading this WAshPo article after the first internet page. If he could't get his economic message out by then, I assumed he's not going to.
He really needs to go learn something form the Clintons. And why the fuck wasn't Hillary Clinton with him right there in NH?? They've both said they would do whatever he asks.

Unity y'all

That is all, Seattle hipsters, until my next incoherent, off-topic, moonbatshitcrazy rant.

Posted by Pee Chee | September 14, 2008 11:57 AM
27

#24:

Yeah, #2, sorry to have been redundant, but that was the best skit.

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/digital-short-space-olympics/656361/

Posted by John Bailo | September 14, 2008 12:11 PM
28

This makes me very worried about the comedian vote. Guess which ticket they desperately want to win? At least Obama has Biden. Maybe that is why Biden got the nod.

Posted by Rhizome | September 14, 2008 1:11 PM
29

@23 - I stopped watching it in the 80s and I'm only 42. I'll turn in every so often to see if I'm missing anything ... Following up the first SNL team is like trying to follow up Shakespeare.

Posted by idaho | September 14, 2008 1:23 PM
30

@4-- Obama showed he had a pair by NOT asking Hillary "John McCain and I are ready to be Commander-in-Chief, Obama is Not" Clinton after SHE burned that bridge. And if Barry had asked her, McCain wouldn't have asked Palin--you'd instead be contemplating the comic possibilities of a VP debate between Hillary and Turncoat Joe Lieberman.

Posted by Andy Niable | September 14, 2008 1:27 PM
31

"An issue (sexism) I'm frankly surprised to hear people suddenly care about."

So classic.

And did anyone notice, all of Fey/Palin's punchlines are almost exact quotes from the actual Palin?

She is a joke.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 14, 2008 1:57 PM
32

19 & 23, you need to lay off JTC!

Posted by laterite | September 14, 2008 2:56 PM
33

Gheezuz can SNL be any worse? Not funny, not clever, not original.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | September 14, 2008 4:11 PM
34

wow! perfect

Posted by mnm | September 14, 2008 4:15 PM
35

"I can see Russia from my house."

Posted by monkey | September 14, 2008 8:09 PM
36

#33 c'mon dude Space Olympics! You gotta give the original points and then some for that!

Posted by Fortuna Mandolin | September 14, 2008 10:33 PM
37

I don't think I can have any more of a girlcrush on Tina and Amy than I already have, but this sketch made me question it. I love them SO MUCH, and I hope to God that since 30 Rock isn't starting until October 30, NBC gives me more sweet, sweet Tina Fey every Saturday until Election Day.

And Space Olympics was pretty wierd, but awesome. I watched it with my mom and my husband-- Mom was confused, husband thought it was less funny than Laser Cats and the Punched video.

Posted by Jessica | September 14, 2008 10:45 PM
38

old snl is embarassing to watch now. the current cast is great. if you think land shark is still the pinnacle of comedy you really need to learn to keep up to date with society and fast before you become even more dated.

Posted by jrrrl | September 15, 2008 12:20 AM
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@26

For the love of god, we know. Shut the fuck up already. I care more about some of Dan's old biphobia than I do about where he "stood on the war." Troll elsewhere.

Posted by Lauren | September 15, 2008 12:45 AM

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