Gov. Sarah Palin Confirmed for Saturday Night Live


It's official: Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin is doing Saturday Night Live. The McCain campaign confirmed the Alaska Governor will make a guest appearance on this weekend's SNL show with host Josh Brolin. For the past few weeks, Tina Fey has been doing an interesting impersonation of Gov. Sarah Palin which the governor has been taking in stride. Today we learn Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is scheduled to travel to New York this Saturday for an appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in what will certainly be the highest rating show ever.

"Saturday Night Live" has enjoyed a ratings surge this fall thanks to the heated attention surrounding the election and Gov. Sarah Palin. The show's ratings are up by more than 40 percent compared to the first few weeks of last season, drawing 9 million viewers per week for original episodes (last week's show was a rerun). A pair of "Weekend Update" Thursday specials have averaged 9.6 million viewers over the past two weeks.

Sarah Palin discussed her upcoming "Saturday Night Live" appearance on Friday, telling Neal Boortz in a radio interview that she does not know what the late-night sketch comedy show has lined up for her while adding that it is a chance to "rise above the political shots that we take."

"I haven't seen a script -- not at all. They haven't even hinted about what that script is going to say," said Palin.

"But you know," she said, "I just want to be there to show Americans that we will rise above the political shots that we take because we're in this serious business for serious challenges that are facing the good American people right now. That's why we're campaigning hard. That's why we're working hard."

Asked if she is going to play Tina Fey, the actress who has been skewering the Alaska governor's debate performances and television interviews, Palin said, "I should. That's a good idea."

She then added: "Oh, I don't know what they have lined up."

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama have each made appearances on "SNL" during the long campaign, as has Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton. That leaves Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, as the odd man out in the "Saturday Night Live" club so far. But there are two more live shows before Election Day.