COMMENTARY | There had been fears that when Jimmy Fallon took over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno, he would take the late night show into a leftist direction. This fear has proven groundless, as witness Sarah Palin’s banter with an actor playing Vladimir Putin.
“Putin: Well, I come from strong genes. Obama comes from mom genes.
“Palin: (Giggles) Did anyone tell you you sound like that guy from Despicable Me?”
“Putin” also makes a joke about invading Alaska. Palin set him straight on that one. “I wouldn’t if I were you, Vlad. You may be able to take down a bear, but you’re no match for a Mama Grizzly.”
Along the way they poked fun at President Obama and his NSA spying operation as well as mentioning that Putin came from “strong genes” but Obama came from “mom jeans.”
Palin has often exercised her comedy chops, making fun of herself on an episode of “Saturday Night Live” during the 2008 campaign when Tina Fey was playing her as a psycho bimbo. She had a classic “Tonight Show” appearance during the Conan O’Brian era when she showed up William Shatner in dueling interpreted reading.
Palin is about to start a new reality show on the Sportsman Channel called “Amazing America,” something Fallon helpfully mentioned after the Putin/Palin exchange. The show will feature unusual and colorful personalities in the American heartland.
The crowd, by the way, seemed to be appreciative of the skit, which may be counterintuitive given the nature of the audience, but the sketch was pretty funny and Palin does deadpan pretty well.
Palin is also getting into the swing of things for the 2014 election cycle by endorsing senate candidates. No doubt, as in previous election cycles, Palin will hit the road and lend her mahic to selected candidates with a view of flipping the Senate later this year.