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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

sarah palin is no tina fey

This weekend there was a new face on Saturday Night Live: Sarah Palin. She's a relatively unknown politician from rural Alaska, and she happens to resemble Tina Fey.

Fey is a former SNL cast member who now stars in the award-winning 30 Rock, and recently returned to the show for a series of sketches poking fun at John McCain's running mate in the upcoming election. Palin has also recently dabbled in comedy, primarily through a series of hilarious interviews with CBS's Katie Couric. Perhaps because of this, she was given a chance to demonstrate her comedy chops on SNL.

Unfortunately, Sarah Palin is no Tina Fey. She appeared on only two sketches, and had little to say in either one. She made a brief appearance as a Tina Fey lookalike in a press conference sketch, where she delivered the obligatory "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!" and little else. Another sketch featured her watching as Amy Poehler rapped and danced to a political beat. As a foil for the comedic skills of the rest of the cast, she performed well, but perhaps her skills could be put to better use elsewhere.

Or, perhaps not.



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