Tina Fey Nails Sarah Palin on SNL
Female politicians provide fun fodder for female comedians
- Carrie Seim
Is it possible for me to be any more in love with Tina Fey? She rocked the season premiere of Saturday Night Live with her dead-on impression of Sarah Palin. Joined by Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, the two comedy goddesses brilliantly skewered both women and the unlikely absurdities of this election cycle.
Not only was the writing brilliant, as expected, but Tina proved her acting chops – nailing Palin’s Alaskan cadence and hysterically mugging for the camera in the style of a beauty contestant rather than a VP contender. Tina proved she was more than Palin’s doppelganger. She literally channeled the woman.
As a comedian, I have a secret motivation for supporting women in politics: it gives me more opportunities to create intelligent impressions. It’s not easy for a female comic to break into political satire when all your satire subjects are old, white and male. And although I enjoy playing Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan ad nauseam, mocking celebs leaves a bit to be desired in the “contributing to society” department. So three cheers to Palin, Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the gang for giving funny ladies everywhere something to sink our pretty little teeth into.