Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live…Wait That’s Tina Fey!

So was that really Tina Fey who came back to SNL last night? It sure looked a lot like Sarah Palin!!!

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its 34th season last night with a “nonpartisan message” from Sen. Hillary Clinton (SNL regular Amy Poehler) and Gov. Sarah Palin (guest Tina Fey).

As the two stood behind a lectern, flanked by American flags, “Palin” said they were “crossing party lines” for this unexpected joint appearance “to address the now very ugly role that sexism is playing in the campaign …”

“… an issue which I am frankly surprised to hear people suddenly care about,” interjected “Clinton.”

And it got better from there.

“PALIN”:  “You know, Hillary and I don’t agree on everything …”

“CLINTON” (OVERLAPPING): “Anything. I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy.”

“PALIN”: “And I can see Russia from my house.”

“CLINTON”: “I believe global warming is caused by man.”

“PALIN”: “And I believe it’s just God hugging us closer.”

“CLINTON”: “I don’t agree with the Bush Doctrine.”

“PALIN”: “I don’t know what that is.”

Poehler portrayed Clinton in a number of sketches last season, including one that satirized what was seen as the media’s love affair with her opponent for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama. Fey’s strong resemblance to Palin was noted as soon as Sen. John McCain picked the virtually unknown Alaska governor as his running mate two weeks ago. Fey played that resemblance up last night, arranging her hair in a striking updo and perfectly mimicking Palin’s flat prairie accent.

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From USA Today:

Out of some peculiar brew of boundless optimism, lingering nostalgia and limitless hype, we always seem to get sucked into the notion that this week, this year, Saturday Night Live will be the show we imagine it once was. Certainly, expectations were set high for Saturday’s season premiere: the “get” of Michael Phelps as a host, the trumped-up suspense over whether Tina Fey would return to play Sarah Palin (of course she did), the countless interviews proclaiming the writers’ eagerness to tackle the election. Throw in our own You Tube-like memories, which tend to highlight the show’s best moments and discard the rest, and surely you were primed for something special. And odds are, you were disappointed.

The opening promised so much more, as Fey and Amy Poehler teamed for a Palin/Hillary Clinton joint appearance, with Palin cheerfully oblivious (“I can see Russia from my house!”) and Clinton increasingly vexed. Combining skillful mimicry and on-screen chemistry, the women got the show off to a great start.

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