Air Date: Sept. 27, 2008
Starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler
During the 2008 presidential campaign, a little-known Governor from the state of Alaska was chosen as John McCain's running mate. She had all the makings of a perfect spotlight Republican: winning smile, big family, anti-tax personality. However, after two weeks on the campaign trail, people began to realize that she was (and still is) batshit crazy.
At that point, the question was no longer, Could this woman become vice president? It was, Will Tina Fey impersonate her on SNL? (After all, the physical similarties between herself and Palin were uncanny). Fey had moved on to bigger and better things on 30 Rock when Palin was thrust into the media spotlight, but Tina happily returned to play the "aw shucks" All-American Alaskan Governor. When she showed up alongside Amy Poehler's Hillary Clinton in September 2008, the applause from the SNL audience was thunderous. However Tina's most brilliant performance as Palin would come two weeks later when she spoofed the infamous Katie Couric interview.