Sarah Palin Turns 50: A Look Back At Her SNL Days

    February 11, 2014
    Amanda Crum
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Former governor of Alaska and one-time candidate for vice president Sarah Palin has seen quite a few jokes at her expense over the years, and a good many of them were played out in front of a live studio audience–and the world–on “Saturday Night Live”, thanks to lookalike Tina Fey.

As the first Republican female to ever be nominated for the vice presidency, Palin played an important part in the country’s history during the 2008 election; however, her personal life, strong endorsement for the Tea Party movement, and a few verbal missteps made some voters keep her at a distance, and it also made her a prime target for jokes in the media and on television. The fact that she was an attractive woman in the male-dominated world of politics also lent to the comedy, particularly Tina Fey’s version.

As Palin celebrates her 50th birthday today, let’s take a look back at some of the best SNL clips featuring one of the most spot-on impersonations the show has ever seen, and some that feature Palin herself.

Fey wrote in her book “Bossypants” that during the SNL episode that featured Palin, she specifically asked not to share screen time with her so as not to make it appear that she was endorsing Palin in any way with her impersonation. However, Palin offered to have her daughter, Bristol, babysit Fey’s daughter on the set if she wanted to come visit while they were shooting. Fey declined, but wrote, “I appreciated the mom-ness of Mrs. Palin’s offer.”

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  • richard

    she a'int worthy of comments wasted words

    • fryer01

      yet YOU took the time to read the article and comment…gee who's the IDIOT NOW >?????????

  • brockwad

    Run Sarah run! Please! God wants you to lead the free world!….And I really want to see you in a Republican primary debate!

    • fryer01

      imagine if she won…and was pres….we would ALL be in much better shape…bengazzi never would n have happened !!!!

      • Scrynt Cauldein

        And YOU are just as stupid as she is: "Benghazi" is all OVER the place and YOU can't even spell it correctly!

        • fryer01

          really??? you have to be NASTY?? can't get your point across without that??? hey the bengazzi thing…got it from the newspaper…you may want to holler at them!!!! now get back on your meds dude…

          • Scrynt Cauldein

            You actually misspelled it AGAIN?!? Hey… do YOU party with “the shrub”?

      • brockwad

        You’re so right! But, she seems to be more interested in making money doing the reality tv shows then serving the country. Such a shame.

        • Scrynt Cauldein


  • ken

    Happy birthday Sarah. Best Whish's to you and yours….
    I know this will just piss off the liberals..
    Funny, most of them still think you said, you can see Russia from your house.
    When after all, is was Tina Fake…lolololololololol….

    • happyhappyhappy

      What are "Whish's"? Just Whondurin'…

      • ken

        It’s called a typo. Thanks for noticing the spelling and not the content..

    • Deb

      No – whats funny is that her exact words: "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska" were her explanation as to why she was suited to handle foreign policy matters.

      • ken

        Yes you can, but not from Sarah’s house.

      • ken

        She as Governor, Had to deal with the Russians and their fishing fleets.
        And that’s more experience than Obama had..
        Am I right, or wrong?

  • Larry Quadrato

    Lookin' good for 50! Any disparaging comments on Sarah are from little people who hate the truth. True liberal excrement.

    • hank scorpio

      Hate the truth as it's been modified in Wikipedia…? :)

  • fryer01

    wow……you look at her…and then michelle obam,a….wow…..sara looks awesome…mooshee…looks old !!!!!

  • fryer01

    happy birthday sara…best of life to you and yours…enjoy and celebrate……

  • Scrynt Cauldein

    woo-HOO! Her age and IQ finally match.

  • Peter J.

    Happy Birthday Sarah!!!!

  • hank scorpio

    OMG…I can see her stupidity from my house!

    • Deb

      Best post on the board. HA!

  • Exodus2011

    America needs this TRUTH TELLER and Corruptocrat FIGHTER, Gov Sarah Palin, in the Oval Office – look at her record in AK ! She dismantled the *Corrupt B*stards Club* up there ….

    now, does America have a Corrupt B*stards' Club in DC, operating on STEROIDS???

    Send her to DC and watch the RATS squeal as they try to RUN and HIDE!

    Also, I think it would be best if this NOT4SALE Proven Reformer is directing things from the WH as the IMPLOSION hits America in the future (we are ticking over toward 120% of GDP in debt = Greece territory)

    she is a born Exec Officer/Manager with > 20 years of experience, her most VITAL trait being, she is NOT4SALE

    that quality ALONE is the single most important one if the US Govt is to be successfully reformed and Constitutional America rescued

    <b>imagine what a POTUS could do, if they were beholden to NOBODY, no Lobbyists, no special interest groups, no big donors … a POTUS with a SINGLE ENTRY on her IOU list = "The American People"!</b>

    at the same time she is the most experienced Leader wrt Energy Issues and will also manage the EXPLOSION of American energy development

    both the IMPLOSION/Reform of Govt and the EXPLOSION of American energy development must kick in at exactly the same time, if Constitutional America is
    to survive and thrive again


    • Caribou “PAYCUT” Barbie™

      You are not an America.

      • Exodus2011

        hey booboo!

        people can read my disqus profile if interested in my background/location


        just studying Gov Sarah Palin's history reveals that she is truly one-of -a-kind

        I mean – the mere fact that the Palin Admin emails from her Governorship in AK are available IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN and have received full and intensive SCRUTINY is UNPRECEDENTED

        which other Leader could withstand such a BLOWTORCH?

        HA! … the answer is NOBODY

        (Romney *destroyed* the harddrives from his tenure as Governor in MA remember … as did Huckabee)

        Hey – won't it be GREAT if after this terrible oppressive period in America's history, We The People DEMAND that any future Candidate for POTUS not only make available ALL their personal documents for scrutiny but ALSO THEIR ADMINISTRATION EMAILS!

        LOL x 1000!

        now, won't that be **upsetting**? **__**

        <b>After the terrible corruption of this Obama Regime is fully exposed Americans will be crying out for TRANSPARENCY in Governance …. the only thing that will be able to restore the Public Trust</b>

        #BeClingers ————–> #AmericaRISING

        • Caribou “PAYCUT” Barbie™

          You post a lot but say NOTHING.

          • Exodus2011

            you have a comprehension problem booboo?

          • Caribou “PAYCUT” Barbie™

            You have a palin problem and a truth problem.

            You are a known liar.

          • Caribou “PAYCUT” Barbie™

            Has anyone notice the picture of cruz and sarah p. that cruz looks like he's making a play on her and sarah looks down with a smile of acceptance.

            Just wondering?

  • Bill589

    Ousting and prosecuting corrupt politicians and their crony capitalist oil companies is where Palin earned her 'legitimacy'. Setting up a more efficient government of public servants too. Most politicians serve themselves and are NOT legitimate public servants. Sarah Palin is.

  • Triple Lindy

    Love the way she pisses off the left.