The Farr Side: Tina Fey outdoes the real deal

David T. Farr

Not even Gov. Sarah Palin can do Sarah Palin as well as Tina Fey can. 

Don’t take my word for it. A Canadian newspaper recently ran a front-page news story and mistakingly used a photo of Fey’s Palin instead of Palin herself. 

It was only a matter of time before Palin ran into the real Palin. Even I almost goofed. Fey’s Palin, which has revived “Saturday Night Live,” has created a buzz bigger than anyone could have imagined. 

Fey’s run as vice presidential candidate on “SNL” has become more newsworthy than Palin’s own missteps at making news (e.g. the Katie Couric interview). Clips of Fey’s Palin are being watched even more on the Internet than the skits on "SNL."

I couldn’t wait to see last Saturday’s episode where the two Palins’ paths finally crossed. 

When the show opened, it was Palin — I mean Fey as Palin — engaged in a news conference that we’ve yet to see the real Palin hold. 

Thank goodness for Fey, or else we might never get to see such action from the real one. 

In Fey’s impersonation, the governor told reporters, “First off, I just want to say how excited I am to be in front of both the liberal elite media as well as the liberal regular media. I am looking forward to a portion of your questions.”

If he didn’t know better, Joe the Plumber would have thought he was seeing the real Palin in action. That is, until the camera cut away to the real Palin watching a TV monitor with the show’s producer, Lorne Michaels.  

Then Alec Baldwin came on stage. Baldwin held nothing back when he mistook Palin for Fey and pleaded with Lorne not to let the actor go onstage with the governor. 

Perhaps Sarah Palin isn't the ultimate hockey mom -- anyone else would have got the puck out of there.

I couldn’t hold back the OMG’s and LOL’s as he was saying, “This is the most important election in our nation’s history and you want her, our Tina, to go out there and stand with that horrible woman?” 

This was sketch comedy at its best, but then, it got even better. Baldwin, learning of his mistake, told Palin she was “way hotter in person,” to which she replied, “Thank you, and I must say, your brother Stephen is my favorite Baldwin brother.”

When the camera cut back to Fey as Palin, she was answering a question about the polls as only Palin could. 

“I don’t worry about the polls. Polls are just a fancy way of systematically predicting what’s going to happen,” she said. 

You betcha they do, Sarah. That’s the smartest thing you’ve said yet, whichever Palin you are. The clincher was when the real Palin walked onto the news conference set and Fey walked past her without so much as even a wink.

David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at