Tina Fey wasn't even a cast member on Saturday Night Live when she brought the show its highest ratings in years through a series of guest appearances in 2008. One network commentator called her parody of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin the "top of the list" greatest impersonation ever seen on SNL; others said she singlehandedly reversed the so-called "Palin effect." Fey's appearances on SNL created a buzz that made her one of the most-talked about women in 2008. And winning three Emmys that year didn't hurt either.
Was the skit an endorsement of Hillary Clinton? Fey, along with Weekend Update co-host Amy Poehler, observes that those who call presidential candidate Clinton a bitch should know that "bitches get things done."
From the very first outing, it was clear to both casual observers and media pundits that Fey's impersonation of VP candidate Sarah Palin was a political parody of game-changing proportions.
With Queen Latifah as moderator Gwen Ifill and Jason Sudeikis as Senator Joe Biden, Fey returns as Sarah Palin in a parody of the vice presidential debates featuring a 'talent portion' --Fey/Palin playing the flute.
In an awards show marred by moments of sexism, Fey shines as she wins three Emmys for her work on the TV sitcom "30 Rock."
Many credit Tina Fey with puncturing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's carefully cultivated "hockey mom" image through a series of SNL sketches that highlighted the VP candidate's foibles and follies. Fey's high-profile Palin impersonations (and their impact) made her one of the most influential women of 2008.