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Monday, September 15, 2008

Sarah Palin Spoofed by Tina Fey on SNL. A Ratings Hit.


September152008
From The Baltimore Sun
By David Zurawik

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SNL vet Tina Fey's Palin skit stole the show

The premiere of the 34th season of Saturday Night Live was one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the TV year. And, for the most part, the production lived up to the hype.

Much of the buzz came from having Baltimore's Michael Phelps, the eight-time gold medal winner at the summer Olympics, as host. Phelps made his acting debut in eight sketches - a demanding load for any comedy rookie - and did OK until losing his concentration in the very last sketch of the night, a spoof of his high-calorie diet.

But the real comedic thunder, the sketch that folks will be talking and arguing and getting all culture-war-crazy about, was the show opener with Emmy-award-winner and SNL veteran Tina Fey as Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Fey appeared with the gifted SNL regular Amy Poehler, who portrayed Sen. Hillary Clinton, in a joint "nonpartisan" address on the "ugly role that sexism is playing in the campaign." Palin was also the target of innumerable barbs in the "Weekend Update" segment.

Saturday night's telecast was the highest-rated season premiere since the highly emotional return of SNL in 2001 after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. And the city with the highest viewership was Baltimore, where three out of every 10 households watching TV were tuned to Saturday Night Live.

The Full Story HERE at The Baltimore Sun


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