Why Amy Poehler Was the Real Winner of SNL’s Sarah Palin/Tiny Fey Palin-Off

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When McCain’s VP pick showed up on Saturday Night Live this weekend, was it funny or excruciating? Either way, SNL won—drawing the show’s highest ratings in 14 years.

Palin’s brief performances yielded a couple chuckles—after Alec Baldwin went off on an anti-Palin rant, she responded with “I must say, your brother Stephen is my favorite Baldwin.”

But most of the humor heavy-hitting came from Amy Poehler, who did an Alaskan rap while Palin bobbed along, and Fey. Indeed, with her exaggerated Alaskan twang, wink, and smirks, Fey made for a far more entertaining Sarah Palin than Sarah Palin.

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