snl 2008

the most exciting year for SNL in recent memory was definitely 2008. Tina Fey was killing it as Sarah Palin, Amy Poehler was 9 months pregnant and still doing live shows, Mark Wahlberg threatened to beat up Andy Samberg, Bobby Moynihan had just joined the cast, You’re in the Motherfucking Space Olympics, etc..

Don’t Think Twice

I don’t really know when I started to be a fan of SNL.  Maybe 2007? 2008?  I knew of it from friends in elementary school, but I think the idea of the impressions really hooked me on the show (and even helped me form some from Nic Cage to Christoph Waltz to well high school people know).  I also think that Judd Apatow’s Funny People is one of the most underrated films of the last decade (if the most underrated of 2009 even though I know one of my friends who I took to see it would not agree ;) ). 

So Don’t Think Twice is in the same vein of both above.  it’s a bit more Noah Baumbach too, but essentially it’s a dramady about fulfilling what you’re made for.  Sprinkled through it I think are some fairly ingenious pieces of improv.  I don’t really feel I can recommend this to everyone.  It’s not the most interesting of films but I feel the cast and their bond was important.  I just want to know what the first movie in the series “Don’t Think” or “Don’t Think Once” is about.  And I’m sure this will get me in trouble, but there is a fairly amazing improv riff on Donald Trump impressions that almost seems antiquated now.

September 13, 2008: Tina Fey Debuts Sarah Palin Impression on SNL

On September 13, 2008, after weeks of anticipation, Tina Fey debuted her impression of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. 

Fey appeared alongside Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton in the episode’s cold open, in a sketch about media bias toward women candidates. Poehler wrote the sketch with Seth Meyers.

In her book Bossypants, Fey described the appearance:

“This sketch easily could have been a dumb catfight between two female candidates. What Seth and Amy wrote, however, was two women speaking out together against sexism in the campaign. In real life these women experienced different sides of the same sexism coin. People who didn’t like Hillary called her a ballbuster. People who didn’t like Sarah called her Caribou Barbie. People attempted to marginalize these women based on their gender. Amy’s line ‘Although it is never sexist to question female politicians’ credentials’ was basically the thesis statement for everything we did over the next six weeks. Not that anyone noticed. You all watched a sketch about feminism and you didn’t even realize it because of all the jokes.”