If you didn’t catch the latest “Saturday Night Live” and specifically the “Weekend Update” featuring Sarah Palin, then stop what you’re doing and go watch it here.
If you can’t view the video or don’t have broadband, Sarah Palin appeared in two skits on this week’s SNL, one with Tina Fey and the other during the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, during which cast member Amy Poehler performed a satirical rap song that skewered Palin by touching on virtually every aspect of her candidacy, including a truly hilarious encounter with a guy in a moose suit who walks across the stage.
Watch the video. After you’ve stopped laughing and picked yourself off the floor, I think you’ll agree with me on several key points. One: whether you like her or not, Sarah Palin does has a sense of humor. Two: SNL is funnier and more relevant than it’s been in years. Three: Tina Fey may get more press, but Amy Poehler is an incredible talent.
However, I think the skit needs a little more work to be truly brilliant. Palin’s national identity is deeply entwined within her role as a hunter, and I think Poehler’s rap skimmed over it too quickly. Here’s the hunting verse of the song:
_mccain, palin, gonna put the nail in the coffin
of the media elite
(she likes red meat)
shoot a mother-humpin moose, eight days of the week
now ya dead, now ya dead,
cause i’m an animal, and i’m bigger than you
holdin a shotgun walk in the pub
everybody party, we’re goin on a hunt
la la la la la la la la
Now from that passage it’s obvious that SNL’s writers – while witty – aren’t exactly hunters. But F&S’s equally witty readers are. So pretend you’re an SNL writer. How would you have penned Poehler’s hunting verse? I’ll pick my favorite in a couple of weeks, and send an F&S ball cap to the winner.