With the return of Saturday Night Live, we’re bringing back this feature — because no other pop culture entity has been so good to viral video.
Will It Spread? Palin/Clinton Open, SNL
What’s It About: Saturday Night Live coaxes Tina Fey home for the cameo people have been demanding since day 1 of Sarah Palin’s appearance on the national scene. Amy Poehler, as Hillary Clinton, calls Palin out for her “Tina Fey glasses.”
Premiered: Sept. 13, 2008
Viral Qualities: Ladies and politics are a lethal combination, and in a few short weeks Sarah Palin has cornered the market on this particular zeitgeist.
Star Power: I’ll say it: Tina Fey just is the coolest. Even if her accent is more Fargo than Juneau.
Drawbacks: The back-and-forth comparing of Clinton and Palin’s political backgrounds and the treatment each has received from the media is pretty funny — but a lot of this material has already been covered. (Though, to be fair, not on national television.)
Mash-up Potential: Depends on how you define it. It’s unlikely that anyone will choose to riff on this particular short — but that’s because they’re all already doing their own Palin impersonations.
Current Viral Status: 88,668 views on NBC.com within twelve hours of its premiere.
Spread-factor (scale of 1-10, 10 being Lazy Sunday): 8. It’s one voice in the chorus of people mocking the governor of Alaska — but it’s the star soprano.