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Tina Fey - Power of Political Satire on SNL

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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.

Tina Fey and "Bitch is the New Black" on SNL

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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."

Three More Reasons to Love Tina Fey

A few personal details of the sitcom star's life from OK! Magazine, including the fact that she talks to her two-year-old daughter as a peer.

Tina Fey's First "Sarah Palin" Appearance on SNL

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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.

SNL Parodies the Katie Couric/Sarah Palin Interview

In a side by side comparison, it's clear that Tina Fey's impersonation relied on a number of statements taken verbatim from the disastrous Couric/Palin exclusive interview.

'Talent Portion' - SNL's Take on the Vice Presidential Debates

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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.

At the 2008 Emmys, Fey's a Triple-Threat Winner

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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."

Tina Fey and the Impersonation That Reversed the "Palin Effect"

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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.

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