Sarah Palin shows up on Saturday Night Live
Finally addressing Tina Fey's spot-on impressions of her, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared on Saturday Night Live this weekend. We announce that like it's news to you, because if you're like us, you were busy watching the Rays lose Game 6 of the ALCS right about then. Everyone else saw it, though, with SNL catching its best ratings in 14 years: somewhere around 14 million viewers, although final figures weren't in yet, the AP reports.
The quick-as-a-wink appearance involved Palin talking to show producer Lorne Michaels while Fey does her thing (watch the videos above and below). They're visited by Mark Wahlberg, who wanted to know where Andy Samberg was -- more on that here -- and then Alec Baldwin, who continuously badmouthed the governor while "mistaking" Palin for Fey.
We must admit, it was pretty funny, and Sarah even seemed to have her comedic timing down pretty well. Baldwin feigned embarrassment when Michaels said it was the governor, saying, "I see. Forgive me. I feel I must say this: You are way hotter in person." Palin's reply: "Thank you, and I must say, your brother Stephen is my favorite Baldwin brother." Hoo boy!
Palin also dropped by Weekend Update but refused to do the rap the SNL folks had written for her, instead bopping along while Amy Poehler filled in the blanks there. That was not so funny, and actually is kind of painful to watch.
But there's even more good news for the show: A study says that two-thirds of the viewers who have seen Fey play the governor have been watching them online, so that 14 million is probably three times as much in reality. Maybe a few other people were watching the ALCS as well.