Fey’s back, you betcha, and poking fun at Palin

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Fey’s back, you betcha, and poking fun at Palin


Actors Tina Fey and Steve Carell appear on NBC’s “Today” show to promote their movie “Date Night,” in New York, last Wednesday. AP

She’s back and wearing leather.

Tina Fey reprised her impression of Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live” while hosting the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday night. It was Fey’s first performance as the former Alaska governor since her iconic impressions during the 2008 presidential campaign, when Palin was the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Fey appeared as Palin in a sketch introducing a mock “Sarah Palin Network,” satirizing Palin’s entry into media. Palin recently launched the program “Real American Stories” on Fox News Channel and will soon begin production on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” an eight-part series for TLC.

Appearing as Palin in a leather jacket with an American flag pin, Fey introduced a lineup of shows like “Tea Party Wheel of Fortune” (the puzzle read “Obamar is a terrist”), “Are You Smarter than a Half-Term Governor?” and “30 Main Street,” a parody of her own “30 Rock.”

Other fake shows included “Hey Journalist, I Gotcha,” in which Palin re-edited interviews to make it look like her interviewers - like CBS’s Katie Couric - were “woefully unprepared.” Also touted was a spin-off starring husband Todd Palin (played on SNL by cast member Jason Sudeikis) as a renegade police officer transferred from Alaska to New York.

Fey made four appearances in 2008 as Palin, earning her an Emmy last year for guest actor. She was also voted 2008’s AP Entertainer of the Year. The 39-year-old comedian said the whole experience was “a little overwhelming,” but in a recent interview with The Associated Press, she said reprising Palin was “inevitable.”

Before the 2008 election, Palin appeared in a cameo on SNL with Fey. Afterward, Palin said she had fun and would do it again if asked. In her memoir, “Going Rogue,” Palin wrote that she grew up watching SNL.

Fey was a cast member and head writer on SNL before leaving to create 30 Rock on NBC.

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