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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 15, 2008 |

260xStory.jpgThanks to the intensely discussed election season and the futile hope that “Saturday Night Live,” might once again do biting political commentary (ha!), “SNL” had its best premiere since 2001, and its best ratings since Al Gore hosted in 2002. That Olympic swimmer dude hosted, and my God he was awful. You expect athletes (with the exception of Peyton Manning’s stint, woot!) to be bloody awful on “SNL,” but Michael Phelps was Wayne Gretzky bad. Just atrocious.

And, of course, despite the election season, “SNL” continued to air its sole political skit first, and then give us a feast of ass for the remaining 90 minutes, save for one halfway decent skit featuring the new cast member as a waiter at Unos (the digital short was … well, given how long Andy Samberg had to work on it, a huge disappointment). Lorne Michaels is clearly still a pussy, too afraid to air anything with the slightest whiff of political controversy.

Still, that one political skit, with a guest appearance by Tina Fey, was actually pretty goddamn hilarious. Shame they couldn’t keep it up for the entire show. The Tina Fey as Sarah Palin clip, however, is really all you need to see:

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