Looking like — and being able to give a comedic, yet faithful, impersonation of a political figure in a closely watched election — can prove very good for one’s career.
Take Tina Fey, who captured former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in perfect send-up fashion on “Saturday Night Live.” She was already a well-known quantity, but her Palin impression is widely credited with boosting her fame. Fey, though, offered a word of caution about politician impersonations.
“Some may argue that exploiting Governor Palin and her family helped bring attention to my low-rated TV show,” Fey wrote in her memoir, “Bossypants,” of her NBC sitcom “30 Rock.” “I am proud to say you are wrong. My TV show still enjoys very low ratings. In fact, I think the Palin stuff may have hurt the TV show.”