So, I recorded Saturday Night Live just to see if Tina Fey would reprise her Sarah Palin skewering in the wake of the VP debate. And despite the fact that many pundits claimed Palin had delivered a Fey-proof performance last Thursday night (ha!), there was Tina as Sarah, and Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden, in a fairly predictable but still funny send-up of the debate.
The sketch couldn’t have started much better:
FEY as PALIN: “Can I call you ‘Joe’?”
SUDEIKIS AS BIDEN: “Of course.”
FEY as PALIN: “OK, ’cause I practiced a couple of zingers where I call you Joe.”
And later, another favorite moment:
FEY as PALIN: “We’re gonna take every aspect of the (financial) crisis and look at it and then we’re gonna ask ourselves, ‘What would a maverick do in this situation?”’ And then, you know, we’ll do that.” (wink)
No surprise that Tina came back and had me laughing from the outset. What was surprising was that my wife and I kept watching — and kept laughing — after that opening segment. We’ve dropped in on SNL sporadically in recent years and have found it painfully unfunny with a few exceptions. But Saturday’s show was one of the funniest I’ve seen in ages. Guest host Anne Hathaway was excellent. Sketches were sharply written and performed — and didn’t overstay their welcome. Weekend Update was a hoot.
My feeling is that the heat Fey is bringing in the now-weekly Palin sketches has raised the game of the show’s writers and performers. I realize that Fey not long ago was a regular cast member, but the Fey-as-Palin sketches have become a phenomenon. It’s the new must-see TV (and hard to miss on the Web).
Anyone else see Saturday’s show and think it was much better than SNLs of recent vintage?