By Kyle | October 19, 2008
Sarah Palin, who got big laughs during her RNC speech, wasn’t funny on “Saturday Night Live.” Why? Because they didn’t give her anything funny to do. They made her stand there like a rhododendron while Alec Baldwin squinted at the cue cards. Baldwin is normally funny on the show. And he can, presumably, memorize a couple of minutes of dialogue. But why bother to do well? If he had been funny in a pro-Palin sketch (obviously she’s not going to do a sketch at her expense), people would have watched the clip millions of times. Easier to just do as badly as possible. Following this: a lame “bit” by Josh Brolin that amounted to a free ad for “W.,” complete with Oliver Stone playing an audience member who asks that the name of the film be mentioned. Brolin obliged. This show was weak sauce, either intentionally or because “SNL” writers, like David Letterman’s, can’t think of anything funny to say that has a right-leaning premise.