Sarah Palin Mad About Tina Fey Impressions on SNL (Video)

| by Michael Allen

"Live from New York," a book about NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" was released in 2002, but a new updated version by writers Tom Shales and James Miller is going to be released soon.

Mediaite.com notes that the new edition is going to include content about the 2008 election, including behind-the-scenes stories about Tina Fey's impressions of Sarah Palin.

The Hollywood Reporter recently released some excerpts, which are written as an oral history, about the time Palin agreed to appear on the show when Fey was doing her Palin impression (video below):

Fey: I was the one pitching, "Why don't you start her backstage, you know, with Alec, so the crowd won't boo." She had just been booed at a hockey game in Philadelphia, and I thought we had to be cautious. And of course the audience was just happy to see her because she was a star, a media star. Even the New York audience was not feeling their politics at that moment.

Michaels: Tina was terrified of anything where they would be together looking like an endorsement.

Palin: I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that, and I wanted to come on the show and counter some of that.

Michaels: [Palin] has wonderful manners — and I honestly don't mean this in a condescending way — but it's that pageant-winner thing.

Palin: If I ran into Tina Fey again today, I would say: "You need to at least pay for my kids' braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you're me! My goodness, you capitalized on that! Can't you contribute a little bit? Jeez!"

Sources: Mediaite.com, The Hollywood Reporter