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Originally published Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Palin joins in the jokes on SNL

Sarah Palin can give as good as she gets. The Republican vice-presidential nominee appeared on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" and played...

Sarah Palin can give as good as she gets.

The Republican vice-presidential nominee appeared on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" and played along as Tina Fey reprised her impersonation of the Alaska governor.

Palin stood with Executive Producer Lorne Michaels late Saturday watching a mock news conference. Palin lamented Michaels wouldn't let her appear in a sketch impersonating Fey on her show, "30 Rock."

"Honestly, not enough people know that show," Michaels answered.

In Fey's sketch, the comedian offered to entertain reporters with "some fancy pageant walking," a jibe at Palin's beauty-queen days.

Palin smiled as actor Alec Baldwin — who co-stars on "30 Rock" with Fey — pretended to mistake Palin for Fey and told Michaels he shouldn't let Fey demean herself by appearing with the governor. Realizing his "mistake," Baldwin then told Palin, "You are way hotter in person."

Palin delivered the show's signature starting line, "Live from New York, it's 'Saturday Night.' "

The appearance was Palin's attempt to be good-natured after weeks of mockery from the show, especially from Fey, whose winking, girlish, folksy impersonation of Palin has been called one of the most pitch-perfect in political satire.

Palin has said in recent weeks that she "would love to" make a guest appearance on "SNL." She has said of Fey, "I love her, she's a hoot, and she's so talented."

The admiration does not appear to be mutual. "I want to be done playing this lady Nov. 5," Fey said recently.

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