Skip to comments.'SNL' skewers Palin, Clinton and receives huge ratings (MSM WaPo Barf w/chunks alert)
Posted on 09/15/2008 10:53:37 AM PDT by wac3rd
The quality of "Saturday Night Live" season premieres is almost always on the shaky side, and the 34th season debut was no exception. It took off, however, like a skyrocket.
Saturday's "cold open" sketch a "Nonpartisan Message From Sarah Palin & Hillary Clinton" rose to the occasion and then kept rising, right into the stratosphere. Former writer and cast member Tina Fey, making a brief return to the show, played the Republican vice presidential candidate, with pregnant cast member Amy Poehler doing her surefire, time-tested Clinton beside her. In the parlance of the show, they "killed."
With CNN reporting Fey's return as national news Friday, the tremendous buzz was reflected in the ratings. Early overnight figures showed the "Saturday Night Live" season premiere earned a 7.4 rating and 18 percent share of viewers watching at that hour the highest for a season premiere since 2001, and the highest for any "SNL" telecast since Dec. 14, 2002, when Al Gore was host. The numbers were up 64 percent over last season's premiere, according to Nielsen data.
The sketch was written by "Update" co-anchor Seth Meyers with assists from Fey and Poehler, and every punch line got roars from the 400 audience members.
Poehler as Clinton: "I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy."
Fey as Palin: "And I can see Russia from my house!"
Poehler: "I believe global warming
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The reporter also fails to post the fact that Michael Phelps was advertised, non-stop, since the Olympics ended and he committed to doing SNL...
NBC is so far in the tank...it is comedic...
It was funny. One of the few things to be funny on SNL in years. Tina Fey did a great Palin. Gotta keep that sense of humour.
The show was really bad - I felt sorry for Michael Phelps. They made this great Olympic champion look like an idiot in really dumb (not funny) sketches.
I watched the clip.
In no way did they “skewer” Palin.
I found the “and I can see Russia from my house” line hillarious.
Yeh, ha ha...they have so much fun bashing the right...
And the sad thing is SNL is not even humorous any more.
I watched it and thought is was funny. Fey has Gov. Palin’s voice inflections and mannerisms down pat. They tried to make Gov. Palin look like a dumb airhead and Sen. Clinton look like a shrill shrew. But during the “news” segment of the show the Palin punches didn’t seem to get much response. You can definitely see who SNL is rooting against.
I think that they skewered Cankles pretty bad. The physical impersonation of Palin was good, but the words were what Kos readers think Palin sounds like, and were just more media misfires in the Palin War...
I agree it was funny. Hillary having a fit after acknowledging labels such as cankles and flurge was a riot. They put the rip in the Dem party front and centre. Tina let Sarah be a babe — and frankly I think global warming is G-d hugging us closer!
I agree. It was completely HILARIOUS and did not skewer Palin. The other funniest moment in that skit is when “Hillary” starts to laugh maniacally at the thought that she did not “want it” enough to win, and she pulls a chunk off the podium. Her comic timing is perfect.
Tina Fey should thank Sarah Palin for single-handedly reviving her career.
The skit was hilarious. It also skewered Clinton.
I saw it too, it was funny.
My point is the MSM will do anything to attack Palin...
ABC News is the default news source for KSFO here in the Bay Area...every story, EVERY ONE has an anti-Republican barb at the end of it.
They are merciless and completely wrong.
Can’t wait ‘til they skewer Barack and Michelle.
That line about “seeing Russia from my house”, I thought, demonstrated the “real-lifeness” of Palin vs the theoretical “experience” of Hillary.
I must be one of the few people who didn’t find it funny in the least. I was just another NBC hit piece on Palin in the form of comedy.
I must be one of the few people who didn’t find it funny in the least. It was just another NBC hit piece on Palin in the form of comedy.
Don’t hold your breath. Some things are sacrosanct.
Just got to watch it this morning and thought it was hilarious. It was much more vicious to hillary than it was to Sarah.
And Sarah’s laughing response was awesome. She said she wore a Tina Fey costume for Halloween.
You go girl!
My bet is that ratings dropped after the first 10 minutes......skit was funny, but you can be sure Omama and wife won’t be touched!
I have not heard of him for years.
Don't hold your breath, FRiend.
Tina and Amy were amusing. And Shatner who should have been used more. The rest of the show was pretty horrible. Writers on bad mushrooms again. Terrible music.
Couldn’t have been worse than MadTV with Bobby Lee as McCain. Having ‘old’ Cindy and John facing the ‘hiphop’ Obama’s on Dancing with the Stars. The judges liked them both, so I didn’t really see the point of the skit, except John McCain is old and white and the Obamas are funky. I think that was the point? Meh.
I never watch SNL and my wife watches it even less than I do. Oddly enough we both watched the opening “message”. I found it funny and somewhat balanced in its skewering of both Palin and Clinton. But I got angry during the next skit about the home-schoolers vs. public-schoolers. It wasn’t just anti-home-schooler it was anti-God. Liberals are government worshiping, God-hating, do-gooders.
Shatner is ALWAYS funny. The inherent self-parody is irresistable. I stopped watching soon after the Shatner bit.
He’s been dead since 2004, but I guess it really all ended for him in November of ‘63.
Given the media's outright fear of being painted as racists, we both know that will NEVER happen.
Shameless attacks on Americans, and nothing but praise for democrats.
Both shows and the people involved are examples of how pathetic our media is.
The show after the funny Fep/Palin sketch was absolute dreck.
The worst one was the Christian home-schooled kids, portrayed as ignorant fanatics.
Agree, in general that the rest of the show was unfunny. I’m thankful for my TIVO. In my house, SNL is otherwise known as Sunday morning dead. If a sketch doesn’t get a smile in the first 15 seconds it’s done. SNL generally takes about 15 minutes for me to watch.
The home-schooled kids were portrayed in a most unbelievable fashion so I don’t think anyone bought into that at all. The public school kids were portrayed as real real dim and refugees from the Leno segment “Jaywalking”. Which is pretty close to the truth.
I cracked up when Amy Poehler (As Hillary) pulled a chunk of the podium off.....
I thought it was quite funny.
And if I'm one of the Obamessiah's priests I really bothered by the fact that he's not enough of a factor in the public mind to have him in the skit.
Mom and Dad have a copy of "The First Family" on 33-1/3 LP. Probably worth a buck or two, now.
It was pretty even handed. And in the end I thought Palin came out looking a LOT better than clinton. Which is better, being attacked as a bikini babe or being attacked for your cankles? Saying that you can see Russia from your house or tearing the podium to pieces because you’re so angry you didn’t get into the White House?
Yes, there were distortions, but Sarah came out as likeable, and hillary came out as horrible.
I laughed at that sketch, but the rest was unfunny. I am a Christian woman, but even I thought that crazy mom was amusing.
It was very funny. And I think it did more damage to Obama and Hillary than to Sarah Palin.
Fey did a great job.
Let's read between the lines here:
Clinton was portrayed as angry, but intelligent (a true portrayal...well, at least the ‘angry’ part). Palin, however, was an inexperienced-airhead-nobody (false portrayal)
Anger is acceptable. Being an idiot is not.
The good news is that people are very aware that the MSM/entertainment are in the tank for Zerobama. I'm mean Madonna just declared that McCain is like Hitler. Wow. How original and unexpected.
Thanks for that link. Have heard - over and over and over - about this skit but had not seen it til now.
Actually - Liked the Tina Fey Palin quite a bit and came away disgusted at the power hungry angry Hillary as usual.....but loved the portrayal of Hillary in her own words...
Did anybody else read that Amy Poehler announced she would retire from SNL after this election season - the Monday after this SNL skit aired????
Could it be she heard from Hitlery - who was NOT AMUSED at her portrayal of the cankles lady???
Tina Fey was great - Sarah Palin is tons better - saw her tonight on the Sean Hannity interview. She has a newer - better - hairstyle (petty thing) and she was right on with her responses. (drill in Anwar, John!)