When the bizarre video of Sarah Palin endorsing Donald Trump went viral last week, the internet cried out for Tina Fey to reprise the role that catapulted her to stardom, pleading with her to appear as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.
And Fey did not disappoint this weekend. She donned a sparkly top, she put on the glasses and she perfected those weird vowel sounds to do her spot-on impression of Palin.
As regards material, all it really took was a pretty straightforward send-up; there was no need for complicated set-ups or flights of imagination, given how truly hilarious the real Palin-Trump video had been.
“Look at her,” our SNL Donald Trump said, “smart, legs, yelling, everything.” Fey-as-Palin, meanwhile, shouted nonsense, peppered with anti-Left, anti-Obama sentiment.
“Is it just me or does everything she says sound kinda dirty?” asked the SNL Trump.
“Our president is just bendin’ over for ISIS while crony capitalists are suckin’ off the teat and slurpin’ on the gravy train, while congress is just workin’ the balls,” Fey-as-Palin announced.
It was everything we had hoped and asked for.
And that wasn’t the only hilarious yet pertinent sketch on the show. Sometimes SNL can feel unfunny and irrelevant (especially to those of us in the UK), but a sketch sending up the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite controversy was very funny and very apt in a week when the row had made front pages around the world.
A woman stood at a podium introducing the best actor nominations for Screen Guild Awards (the SNL stand-in for Oscars) and as she announced each of the nominees, it became clear that all the men were white, nominated for a movie about a black story. As each nominee is announced, the roles become more and more preposterous. A white man is nominated for playing a librarian who reminds the black protagonist of library opening times during an emotional climax. Another white guy is nominated for playing “white man with camera” after he stumbles into a film about an African child army. Then there’s the white guy who gets a nomination for “unseen voice on phone” in a movie about discriminatory housing policies against African-Americans in Chicago.
It was just a perfect sketch: smart, topical, important, and really, really funny.
Well played, SNL.