Tina Fey talks ‘SNL’s political impact: ‘I don’t think that show can really sway people’

Tina Fey, known for her infamous impersonation of 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, doesn’t think the political sketches on “Saturday Night Live” have much of a real impact when it comes to swaying public opinion.

The former “Weekend Update” anchor who was this week’s guest on “David Tennant Does a Podcast With,” said she’s’ “glad” she’s no longer on “SNL” given the increased demands the current news environment has put on the show’s writers.

“I feel relieved,” said Fey, who served as head writer from 1999 to 2006. “The culture is so ugly and the political climate is so ugly. We would always have everybody on because you could. You’d have Bush Sr. come do a thing with Dana Carvey … It’s so truly ugly now.”

Nobody on the “SNL” staff had heard of Palin before. It wasn’t until…

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