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Sarah Palin opened “Saturday Night Live” in a skit that riffs on her press-avoidance, her resemblance to Tina Fey and, as Alec Baldwin comments in a cameo, how she is “way hotter in person.”

The premise has Fey, as Palin, holding a press conference, as the real Palin watches on a TV monitor with   “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels. “I just didn’t think it was a realistic depiction of the way my press conferences would have gone,” Palin tells him, per CNN.

“Why couldn’t we have done the ’30 Rock’ sketch that I wrote?” she asked, referring to the NBC comedy which stars Fey.

“Honestly, not enough people know that show,” Michaels responds.

Baldwin then makes a cameo, but Fey tells him that brother Stephen, a Christian conservative, is her favorite.

The sketch ends with the real Palin taking the podium and telling the press that she will not take any questions.

Also in a cameo: Mark Wahlberg, who was less than flattered by Andy Samberg’s impression of him.
Palin appears to take it all in stride, especially when Baldwin calls her “that horrible woman.” But she does prove more adept at reading cue cards than Baldwin does — amazingly so. And Fey and Palin share screen time only for a few fleeting moments.

Palin also appears during “Weekend Update, and she is a bit more comfortable listening to Amy Poehler’s rap.

The final verdict: The Tina Fey Palin is still far funnier.; More here.