So who is the top female celebrity of the year?
Taylor Swift? Cute as can be. And a talented singer. She gets sympathy votes because of that Kanye West on-stage debacle that didn’t damage her image as much as it did his (even President Obama weighed in on that one, calling West a “jackass.”)
Lady Gaga? Is she really Marilyn Manson? The two have never been seen in the same place at the same time. And Barbara Walters went gaga over Gaga naming her one of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009. But one wonders if, this time next year, the entertainment world — and media — will still be going gaga over GooGoo, er, Lady Gaga.
No sir, the top female celebrity of 2009 is none other than the gift that keeps on giving, Sarah Palin.
Palin has finally found her niche —- celebrity. And she’s damn good at it. She’s more effective when she’s not trying so hard to be taken seriously.
She’s better at being funny that at policy. It’s easy to say that she’s had experience at this because the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign was a joke. But it’s more than that.
Palin made a surprise appearance on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” on Friday Night, and she killed (don’t get your panties in a bunch Palinestas, that’s a compliment.)
The comedy started out with William Shatner (who also has a rather large opinion of himself, but who also knows how to make fun of it) gave one of his over-the-top dramatic readings of a passage from Palin’s book “Going Rogue.”
Suddenly, from stage left walks Palin, who gave Shatner a dose of his own medicine (which Dr. McCoy never could do) by giving a spot-on satirical reading from a passage from the Book of Shatner.
Palin’s surprise comic turn on O’Brien’s show comes on the heels of her knock-out appearance last week at the Gridiron Club in Washington. That was one of those roast-type events where politicians get to zing themselves and the media.
Palin showed an as of yet to be seen display of self-depricating humor —- and an especially spot-on series of jokes targeted at the media.
Example: Palin joked that “Going Rogue” wasn’t always the title she had in mind for her book. She said she considered “How To Look Like A Million Bucks…For Only 150 Grand.” Referring to “Wardrobegate” during her vice presidential run in 2008.
On the media: “It is good to be here and in front of this audience of leading journalists and intellectuals. Or, as I call it, a death panel.”
She shoots. She scores!
Too bad she didn’t have who was writing this stuff for her on the campaign trail last year. It would have humanized her more. Made her more bearable.
It goes to show you how much more effective Palin can be when she’s away from cherping the right wing-nut, conservative Fox Noose talking points.
As for her appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show, that was a kick in the junk to David Letterman —- who, you may recall, she had a little trouble with earlier this year with his jokes about her daughters. Remember the “Fire Dave” rallies? Letterman eventually apologized on his show. Then Palin quit as governor. Now he’s back with a vengeance slamming her nightly in his monologues with “Things more fun than reading the Sarah Palin memoir” —- and it’s always a clip from a slasher movie, someone ripping their own head off, getting run over by a speeding bus, things of that nature.
Palin should go on Letterman’s show. She’s got the chops to be quite formidable.
Maybe Palin decided to give O’Brien a ratings boost (it worked for Oprah.)
Meanwhile, Jay Leno is probably ready to run over Conan with one of his vintage cars because the new host of the “Tonight Show” got Palin on his show. Another shrewd move on her part —- or her handlers —- to go on with Conan, who has a younger demographic than Leno does at 10 p.m.
(Unfortunately for Palin and O’Brien, probably not a whole lot of people watched it when it was on. Most of us saw it on a cable TV news report, because, next to Tiger Woods these days, Sara-cuda is getting most of the press.)
What’s Leno thinking right about now? Had he stayed on late night, he could’ve had Palin on his show. He’s on prime time and he can’t get a break. It would be another Hugh Grant moment. Of course, Leno wouldn’t be off base if he’d ask Palin not so much “What were you thinking?” as much as “What are you thinking?”
There’s an idea for a Palin reality/sitcom/variety show: “What’s Going On Inside Sarah Palin’s Head?”
Palin the personality beats Palin the policy wonk hands down.
If anything, she’s proven she can have more success getting her own TV show than she would running for president in 2012.
The country would be better served.
We’d all rest easier at night.
The only decision you want Sarah Palin making is “Whose got my monologue written?”
And that’s no joke.