After watching “Saturday Night Live” make fun of her from afar, witnessed it first hand this week as Tina Fey engaged in fiction by depicting her at the news conference the has yet to hold.
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, pictured making a speech in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took on a different challenge Saturday appearing with her own television mimic actress Tina Fey in a spoof press conference for hit comedy show Saturday Night Live(AFP/Getty Images/Jeff Fusco)
By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
Later, Palin came on stage during the Weekend Update mock news segment and bobbed to the beat as cast member Amy Poehler performed a rap song the Alaska governor decided was too hardcore for her to perform personally.
“I’m Jeremiah Wright ‘cuz I’m the preacher; I got a bookish look and you’re all hot for teacher,” Poehler rapped as actors dressed as Eskimos, Palin’s husband, Todd, and a caribou pranced across the stage.
The appearance was anticipated since September, when Fey began portraying Palin just after GOP selected the little-known governor as his running mate. The two look alike, and Palin remarked that people often told her — before Fey started portraying her — that she resembled the actor.
In the show’s opening, Fey’s impersonation of Palin told a group of reporters, “First off, I just want to say how excited I am to be in front of both the liberal elite media as well as the liberal regular media. I am looking forward to a portion of your questions.”
Moments later, the camera cut away to the real Palin watching a television monitor alongside the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels.
“You know, Lorne, I just don’t think it’s a realistic depiction of the way my press conferences would have gone,” Palin said. She said she wished he would have let her do a sketch about “30 Rock,” the NBC program in which Fey now stars. That prompted Michaels to deadpan: “Honestly not enough people know that show.”
Palin then stood mute as Fey’s “30 Rock” co-star, Alec Baldwin came onto the stage, mistook Palin for Fey and pleaded with Michaels not to let the actor go onstage with the governor.
“This is the most important election in our nation’s history and you want her, our Tina, to go out there and stand with that horrible woman?” Baldwin said.
When Michaels broke down and introduced him to Palin, Baldwin feigned embarrassment and replied, “I see. Forgive me. I feel I must say this: You are way hotter in person.”