Tina Fey returned for a third time to portray Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live as the show satirized the vice presidential debate. Queen Latifah played moderator Gwen Ifill and before the debate began announced, “Due to the historically low expectations for Gov. Palin, were she simply to do an adequate job tonight, at no point cry, faint, run out of the building or vomit, you should consider the debate a tie.” Tina Fey came on stage and blew a kiss to the audience, just as in the real debate. Also as in the real debate, she repeatedly avoided answering questions. Instead she would repeatedly say what she wanted to talk about instead, such as being an outsider. There were plenty of uses of the word Maverick, including an extra one to help out those Joe Six-Packs playing a drinking game at home, and even a wink.
Palin explained her view of asking the government to get out of her way–and to stop infringing upon her right to shoot wolves from a helicopter. Palin avoided answering whether climate change is man-made and instead speculated that it could be a natural part of the end of days. She came out against same-sex marriage, arguing that “marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers.” She pulled out a flute for what she believed to be the talent portion of the debate. In her closing statement she appreciated being able to answer questions “without the gotcha mainstream media with their pesky followup questions, their fact checks, and their incessant need to figure out what your words mean and why you put them in that order.”
Video of previous appearances by Tina Fey are here and here. This week’s video is available here, and I will add it here when NBC releases a copy for embedding. SNL will be off next week and further appearances by Fey will be decided on a week by week basis. There will also be three prime time episodes of Weekend Update on Thursdays leading up to the election.
Update: The video: