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Only Jimmy Fallon Could Bring Out the Not-Worst In Sarah Palin

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | April 3, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | April 3, 2014 |

Sarah Palin showed up on last night’s The Tonight Show, and I wouldn’t ask you to actually watch the entire clip because it’s not that funny. What is remarkable about it is that Fallon manages to rub away Palin’s hard edges, and make her more palatable to an otherwise hostile audience. That is to say, save for the hokey Mamma Grizzly line, the bit — which saw Sarah Palin having a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin (played by Fallon) — didn’t bug me, and there’s a sense of self awareness in Palin that was occasionally even amusing. Almost, anyway.

Really, though, it’s just affection by association. This is Fallon doing what Fallon does best: Appealing to everyone.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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