Saturday night, Tina Fey returned to the American sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live to reprise her widely hailed impersonation of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Fey, a former cast member and head writer of SNL, has been pulling double duty with her regular SNL impersonations as Sarah Palin. She already has a full-time gig and stars in NBC’s award-winning series 30 Rock.
Katie Couric’s Sarah Palin Interview: SNL Version
Saturday night’s opening skit of SNL mocks Palin’s recent interview with CBS News’ Katie Couric (played by Amy Poehler). When Couric (Poehler) pushes Palin (Fey) to specifically discuss how she would help facilitate democracy abroad, Fey gives in. She says, “Katie, I’d like to use one of my lifelines. … I want to phone a friend.”
After unsuccessfully attempting to use a lifeline, Fey caves in and responds with an actual quote Sarah Palin said during the Couric interview, “Well, in that case, I’m just gonna have to get back to ya.” Not exactly a statement of confidence you’d want to hear from someone who is a heartbeat away from being President of the United States. Here’s a video clip of the SNL sketch.
Katie Couric’s Sarah Palin Interview: CBS News Version
If you haven’t seen it yet, Katie Couric’s interview with Governor Palin had viewers cringing as Palin stumbled through several key questions. In the embedded clip below, Couric presses Palin to explain why Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience.
Palin doesn’t seem to have improved her answer. She was asked the same exact question by Charlie Gibson a few weeks ago. Hopefully, John McCain‘s campaign will help her prepare better for next time.