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Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Second SNL Palin Skit

...was DA BOMB. It more than made up for the suckitude of the first one.

I hope you stuck around for the Weekend Update segment, but if not, I'll be hunting down both videos momentarily.

EDIT: Got it! This is the second skit -- the "Alaska Rap Song", as I am calling it. Absolute kudos to a heavily pregnant Amy Poehler, who rocked the house with a full-body performance. And check out the moose!

Just in case you forget, Sarah Palin used to be a sportscaster, and that ice-water in her veins helped her in both Saturday Night Live skits tonight. Hoo-eee! Does she ever have an otherworldly self-confidence.

Also, I think she just brought raising the roof back into vogue.

More as soon as I can get it.

EDIT: Got the first skit too! Notice when Palin and Fey cross each other, how the air crackles with electricity. They do NOT like each other. Everyone knows for comedy to work, there has got to be tension. But too much animosity, and it falls flat. That's what happened here. Ah well!

UPDATE: Here is the screencapture of the exact moment in the intro skit, where Palin and Fey cross each other. Fey was just informed by Alec Baldwin that the "real one" was coming to the podium. Governor Palin stares her down, and Fey walks stiff-lipped without so much as a glance.

Of course, that was the intent of the skit. But don't you fancy that little extra once-over by Palin was genuine enough?

LAST UPDATE BEFORE I RETIRE FOR THE NIGHT: Hmm, maybe the tension is just good acting on Palin's part (I think Fey genuinely dislikes her).

Look at minute 2:30 of the second video, i.e., the first skit. As Fey is doing her "pageant-walking" routine in the press conference, we see Lorne Michaels and Governor Palin observing it on a big screen television.

Check out how Palin is busting out laughing at seeing Tina Fey imitate her Miss Wasilla walk. Then she quickly recovers her composure and "launches" into the rehearsed routine of looking fiercely at the whole goings-on. That was either a great acting job just before the camera panned to her, or it was genuine mirth on Palin's part.

I say, the latter.

By the way, I'm not the biggest fan of Saturday Night Live, and they have long since jumped the shark. But let's be honest, they could've savaged Palin like the number they did on President Ford back in 1976. Instead, she looked commanding, self-confident, and as much as in on the joke, as being the butt of the joke. Full credit goes to Seth Meyers, and the writing team on SNL.

So, they've earned a breather from my criticism for a long while.

Yeah, I'm sure they're all relieved.

Oh, by the way, to those of you watching this on delay, be sure to stick to the end. I was told Palin makes a full cast appearance at the end of the show, as is the custom. Not sure why I didn't expect that, but that's awesome even if there was apparently some tension there too.

A note about the HuffPo commentaries about this skit:

As ever, they are completely misreading the situation. Robert Kubey thinks Conservatives will be put off by such phrases as "fart face" and the fact that SNL mocked Palin to her face, and she just sat there bopping like a countrybumpkin, unable or incapable of understanding the cruel joke being played on her.


Only the terminally unfunny could misinterpret this situation as badly as this. Or the fatally condenscending...

As I mentioned, SNL could've absolutely torn Palin to shreds, but they didn't. She was able to show off her cool self-confidence, radiate her beauty so that even nemesis Alec Baldwin spoke what millions of men already think (that's she's hotter than a muffin fresh out of the oven), and she was able to show just how much of a true sport she is, by just showing up.

Everyone won tonight. It was the prime time hijinks equivalent of the Al Smith Dinner -- a virtual gift to the American nation to lighten up a bit, for chrissakes.

MORE LEFT BLOGOSPHERE COMMENTS ABOUT THE SNL SHOW: If you pay close attention to Huffington Posts' commenters, instead of surface derision, they are actually fearful that Palin was humanised by SNL tonight.

This commenter at a Board Game Forum is bang on about the SNL impact:

This makes me really sad.

1. By inviting as guest the object of your "satire", and then handling with kid gloves said object, you completely de-fang your own satire. The mockery of this woman as an idiot and completely unqualified candidate is now reduced to, "Gee, doesn't she have a funny accent and say the darndest things?"

2. I suppose I should not have expected more from SNL, which was never the cutting-edge program Lorne Michaels and co. so desperately wish to think it was, but rather a corporate-owned tool for power.

That's exactly what these two skits did.

Previous to tonight, SNL had effectively helped to ruin this woman's political career more than any entity, save Katie Couric. The laughter they conjured up with "I can see Russia from my house" nearly buried Governor Palin before the VP debate. Because, like Couric they controled the content, they were able to alter her beyond recognition.

But after the debate, when Palin was able to recapture her narrative by a sterling performance, Tina Fey was never as effective mocking her accents and mannerisms. They felt a little canned, lacking in imagination, if not brio. Unfortunately for them, though, Americans already had another off-the-cuff paradigm to work with, and it wasn't SNL's anymore. There was a disconnect present.

Tonight, she neutralised their caricature even more. To paraphrase Toynbee about monarchy, Palin allowed sunlight into the magic.

So what you hear is really not gleeful mocking from HuffPo and other left-leaning blogs, so much as fear.

Funny thing, fear. It often resembles denial.


one two three

my name is sarah palin you all know me
vice president nominee of the gop
gonna need your vote in the next election
can i get a ‘what what’ from the senior section
mccain got experience, mccain got style
but don’t let him freak you out when he tries to smile
cause that smile be creepy
but when i be vp
all the leaders in the world gonna finally meet me

how’s it go eskimo
tell me what you know eskimo
how you feel eskimo
ice cold
tell me tell me what you feel eskimo
super cold

i’m jeremiah wright cause tonight i’m the preacha
i got a bookish look and you’re all hot for teacha
todd lookin fine on his snow machine
so hot boy gonna need a go between
in wasilla we just chill baby chilla
but when i see oil lets drill baby drill

my country tis a thee
from my porch i can see
russia and such

all the mavericks in the house put your hands up
all the mavericks in the house put your hands up
all the plumbers in the house pull your pants up
all the plumbers in the house pull your pants up

when i say ‘obama’ you say ‘ayers’
obama. ayers. obama. ayers.
i built me a bridge - it ain’t goin’ nowhere.

mccain, palin, gonna put the nail in the coffin
of the media elite
she likes red meat
shoot a mull muthahumpin moose, eight days of the week

[three gunshots]
now ya dead, now ya dead,
cause i’m an animal, and i’m bigger than you
holdin a shotgun walk in the pub
everybody party, we’re goin on a hunt
la la la la la la la la
[six gunshots]

yo palin, i’m out!

(Via TKBB)

ADDED: Ah. I figured it out. Possibly you have already too. This Rap Song was a parody of a parody: therefore, it's got a special inside the beltway dig.

Remember MC Rove?


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    Dat Moose could take dose 9mm slugs as da Gov would know! Dats why you use da rifle, You Betcha!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Oct 19, 01:06:00 am GMT-4  

  • OK Victoria -I'm releing on you- I'm not staying up for the CA version of SN- "live"- I need it now!

    :) :)

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Oct 19, 01:14:00 am GMT-4  

  • I got it, Chickenlittle! The first one is a little harder to find, because I'm guessing the second one totally obscured it.

    I'll be tryin' though.

    @RON: LOL! You're so funny. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Oct 19, 01:17:00 am GMT-4  

  • OK that was god
    Thank you
    Thank You
    Thank YOU!

    Ya da woman!

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Oct 19, 01:19:00 am GMT-4  

  • god = good


    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Oct 19, 01:20:00 am GMT-4  

  • YAY, Chickenlittle!

    I have no idea why she has so many kids, as obviously she doesn't lack any rhythm. ;)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Oct 19, 01:21:00 am GMT-4  

  • Go Sarah!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Oct 19, 01:34:00 am GMT-4  

  • What a great week Team Maverick has had, Anonymous. If nothing else, this shows her to be a good sport!

    (Like Marky Mark, who thank God was kidding about breaking Andy Samberg's nose)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Oct 19, 01:35:00 am GMT-4  

  • Got it all!
    Great work Victoria!

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Oct 19, 01:52:00 am GMT-4  

  • I love it! That was hilarious.

    "All the plumbers in the house put your hands up!"

    "All the plumbers in the house put your hands up!"


    By Blogger Chip Ahoy, at Sun Oct 19, 02:47:00 am GMT-4  

  • Thanks again, Chickenlittle! You know I'd do anything for you (within modesty reason). ;)

    Chip Ahoy, LOL. I loved Todd's goatee getting jiggy with it.

    Err, I hope the kids are still saying that. Sheesh, when did I become my mother?

    Night ya'll!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Oct 19, 02:49:00 am GMT-4  

  • Thanks Victoria, I tuned out after the opening skit and missed the rap.

    By Blogger Christy, at Sun Oct 19, 03:23:00 am GMT-4  

  • My pleasure, Christy! Glad I could be of service, after welching on my McCain rally blogpost. Drat. I'm so indolent.



    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Oct 19, 03:40:00 am GMT-4  

  • I think you're reading too much into the Tina/Sarah contact moment. Do you not think that both women would have taken a quick moment to introduce themselves to each other prior to the skit?...however briefly.

    Just because the skit was set up the way it was doesn't mean it happened that way in real time.

    I feel sorry for SP re 'I can see Russia' comments. Cindy McCain was the first person to introduce this stupid scenario the weekend following the announcement of Palin. At the time I thought that the campaign would do or say someting to mitigate Cindy's comments. Instead, the next time John McCain was interviewed he said the same thing and tried to expand on it leaving SP forever the butt of the joke.

    It's a dumb blonde comment that SP never made, except when she was forced to justify both the McCain's comments in subsequent interviews. At that point, all she could do was dig the hole deeper. I'm not a fan of SP for VP but I think she's been misused and abused by everyone, including the McCain campaign.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Oct 19, 05:57:00 pm GMT-4  

  • If you pay close attention to Huffington Posts' commenters, instead of surface derision, they are actually fearful that Palin was humanised by SNL tonight.

    Yes, Tina mentions on Letterman that concern about humanizing The Evil Ones.

    By OpenID jdeeripper, at Sun Oct 19, 06:05:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Republicans are funnier than Democrats. Period.

    By Anonymous Jillian, at Mon Oct 20, 12:44:00 pm GMT-4  

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