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SNL Firing on all Cylinders with Election Parodies


Saturday Night Live is usually at its best when politics are at their weirdest and most frightening. They came back this weekend with their best in a long time — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's spot-on mock of the Sarah Palin-Katie Couric interviews.

Watch it, along with their take on the presidential debate, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The Tina Fey sketch is hilarious -- she is amazing. The problem is that it wasn't far from the real thing -- which was also hilarious -- if it wasn't so scarey.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Sep 29, 2008 8:10:18 AM

  2. I cannot get enough of this. Tina Fey has done an amazing job here! I like it even more than the Hillary press conference.


    Posted by: gabriel | Sep 29, 2008 8:19:49 AM

  3. One of the hardest things for a politician to survive is outright ridicule. It's interesting to note how much harsher this SNL parody is on Palin than the last one. It captures the public mood that Palin has gone from a slight dimwit to an out-an-out embarrassment. Following the CBS interview and this, some Conservative writers are beginning to suggest that she should step down. Stay tuned.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Sep 29, 2008 8:34:57 AM

  4. The most damaging thing for the Republicans was that Fey didn't even have to fake much of the dialogue - she used large sections of Palin's own response verbatim, while other parts were only lightly paraphrased. Not only was that a clever move on Fey's part, but also a searing indictment of Palin herself. It goes well beyond Jon Stewart's practice of using politicians' own words to undercut their arguments - Fey is basically saying that Palin is so stupid and preposterous she satirises herself.

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 29, 2008 8:47:27 AM

  5. I agree with GR8GUYCA—ridicule is venom. Think back to how Dana Carvey weakened George H.W. Bush, who couldn't even beat a philandering, sloppy-around-the-edges newcomer like Clinton. Who of course went on to be a great president...and who of course now is an asshole. The (only!) other part of SNL that was truly hilarious this week was their take on Clinton hemming and hawing about supporting Obama. It's so unfunny in real life that it's funny as hell in parody. No worries; Obama can win without the Clintons, which is probably why Hillary, at least, is graciously pitching in anyway.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 29, 2008 8:50:38 AM

  6. This is almost as funny as the skit about FDR on television in the 1930's. Oh wait, they didn't do that skit. I forgot that the Obama ticket is hands-off.

    Posted by: rrgg | Sep 29, 2008 8:55:48 AM

  7. This was classic! The bit about using a life line and calling a friend had me on the floor! I agree with most if you take the two and put them together there isn't much difference which is SCARY.

    Posted by: anokie | Sep 29, 2008 8:57:22 AM

  8. Trust me, if SNL could pull together a skit about Obama that's as spot-on hysterical as this was, they'd do it in a flash. Great comedy bits are few and far between on that show, and it's ludicrous to think they'd pass on something that could bring them more viewers and revenue just because it's Obama. Hell, even Republicans would have to admit that this is funny.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Sep 29, 2008 9:23:46 AM

  9. And they said plenty in the press against FDR. Go back and look at the political cartoons of the day.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Sep 29, 2008 9:25:28 AM

  10. Heh...this is less about SNL firing on all cylinders and more about the sketches just writing themselves. The writers of SNL might owe a royalty to Ms. Palin for this one.

    Posted by: Andrew K | Sep 29, 2008 10:05:59 AM

  11. ok i'll say it, while this was hilarious, the rest of the show, as is now commonplace, was friggin terrible and unfunny.

    Posted by: Dan B | Sep 29, 2008 10:06:05 AM

  12. They actually didn't alter much of what Palin said in the actual interview-some of it was lifted straight-that's what makes it so frightening when you stop to think about it.

    Posted by: Charles | Sep 29, 2008 11:36:07 AM

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