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by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 20th 2008 11:34AM
...Four impressions we'll be missing

When John McCain and Barack Obama became the clear front runners, no one thought anyone could pull off a decent impression of either guy. They were both bland, articulate politicians who could speak in clear, concise sentences and didn't sound like someone had stepped on their larynx with a golf cleat.

But in the zero hour, we were saved ... and not just by Sarah Palin.

These are the impressions that we're sorry to have to say goodbye to, even if we're glad the people they poke fun at may not be coming back.

1. Tina Fey's Sarah Palin - We would be remiss if we didn't mention the bespectacled hottie's impression of McCain's bespectacled hottie soulmate. Palin wasn't hard to impersonate. Throw in a Fargo accent, toss in a spoonful of small town cuteness, add a dash of high school cheerleader optimism and voila, you've got a steaming plate of Palin to entertain everyone in the office. But Fey took it to a new level. Fey could not only be one of Palin's security doubles, but her built-in spin detector left over from her Weekend Update days added those subtle touches of syrupy cuteness that could increase your blood sugar level just by watching her. The impression was so good and funny that it breathed new life into SNL overnight. It marked the show's turning point from mindless pop culture cynicism to satirizing empty, shallow politicians and the cult of celebrity the way the show did in its first few seasons.

2. Amy Poehler's impressions -
One of the smartest move SNL ever made was hiring this founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. She's not just good looking but damn funny and that's a rarity in this day and age. She's also extremely versatile. She wasn't known for taking on one character or having a recurring character that would drain itself out of humor by the time it got its own movie. She could do impressions of political talking heads like treasonologist Ann Coulter and the perpetually frustrated Hillary Rodham Clinton. She could flawlessly imitate pop culture flavors of the month from Sharon Osbourne to Avril Lavigne. She also did a nice job filling in the Weekend Update desk when Jimmy Fallon jumped ship, which was like letting Carl Lewis finish a fun run for Stephen Hawking.

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3. Jon Stewart's George W. Bush
– There wasn't anything particularly accurate with Stewart's rendition of "Still President Bush." Watching Stewart do an impression of Bush was like watching the class cut-up pretend to be that biology teacher who talks like Daffy Duck when he's really angry. But accuracy doesn't always equal funny. Stewart's rendition of Bush as a clueless Yosemite-Sam on a crystal meth high always popped up after a Bush sound-byte. Even Stewart, a man who described himself as a terrible impressionist during the 2004 election, admits, "Bush impression, I'll miss you most of all."

4. Christian Slater's Jack Nicholson
- Slater's triumphant return from career hell with My Own Worst Enemy seemed promising. But bad ratings and even worse reviews killed the show and Slater's chances of becoming the next Jack Bauer. That's a tall order when people are still comparing him to a bad Jack Nicholson imitation for the last 15 years. Guess we were the ones who couldn't handle the truth, after all.

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Really? Amy's Hillary? You've got to defend why you listed it.

Amy Poehler may be great at some others, but it's been acknowledged more than a few times that as funny as she may be in other roles, her Hillary sucked. SUCKED. All she did was make a really strange high pitched laugh and wear a pantsuit & wig. Ana Gasteyer's impression was one that couldn't be topped, plain and simple. But Amy didn't even look like she was trying

December 21 2008 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That was quite the reach for #3 and #4 on this list. Why even make a list when you really only have two examples?

December 21 2008 at 3:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Danny... I disagree about Amy Poehler's Clinton. It was, in fact, the only thing she did that I never really liked much. You're right, though... SNL will be missing her.

December 20 2008 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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