On 'SNL,' Fey Nails Palin Again

Despise her as they may, if there's one thing most Democrats will probably miss should their party win come Nov. 4, it's Tina Fey's impression of Sarah Palin.

Once again, Fey killed it, parodying the Republican vice presidential candidate's debate performance on "Saturday Night Live." Queen Latifah as moderator Gwen Ifill and Jason Sudeikis as Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden proved worthy foils, but Fey stole the show.

She winked. She dropped the m-bomb ("maverick") at least a dozen times. She whipped out a flute and inquired about the talent portion of the debate.

Below, choice moments from last night's skit:

Fey, meeting Sudeikis: "Hey, can I call you Joe? ... Because I practiced a couple zingers where I call you Joe."

Latifah: "We would like to remind our audience that due to the historically low expectations for governor 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."

Latifah: "How will you solve the financial crisis being a maverick?"Fey: "You know we're gonna take every aspect of the crisis and look at it and then we're going to ask ourselves, 'What would a maverick do in this situation?' And then, you know, we'll do that."

Fey: "I'd also like to give a shout out to the third graders of Gladys Woods elementary who were so helpful to me in my debate prep."

Fey, on global warming: "Gwen, we don't know if this climate-change-who-zie-whats-it is man made or if it's just a natural part of the End of Days."

Fey, on taxes: "We are not afraid to get mavericky in there."

Fey, on gay marriage: "I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers."

Fey, on being accused of pandering to Florida voters: "From a very young age, my two greatest loves were always Jews and Cuban food."

Fey, holding a flute: "Are we not doing the talent portion?"

Sudeikis' closing remarks: "My goal tonight was a simple one: To come up here and at no point seem like a condescending, egomaniacal bully. And I'm gonna be honest -- I think I nailed it."

Fey's closing remarks: "And for those Joe six packs out there playing a drinking game at home: Maverick." [Pretends to crack open and chug a cold one.]

Sheila Marikar

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