"Word Association" (Racist Interview) and Tina Fey as Sarah Palin
Albert Brooks, guest filmmaker: My favorite skit is Richard Pryor's word-association game with Chevy Chase. Nobody had seen that kind of thing before they did it. There was probably no whiter man working in those days than Chevy Chase, so it was a very good combination of people. It doesn't happen very often, but when a comedy sketch takes on another dimension where you almost think someone's gonna get punched – it's just great. Chevy cracked a smile on some skits, but he held it together in that one.
But you can't talk about the show without talking about Tina Fey's Sarah Palin. It was the melding of a performer and an event; the timing was so perfect that it probably influenced an election. Look, Saturday Night Live has done impressions forever. But here was a person who was not established enough where just doing an impression [of her] was so meaningful that it formed the perception of who this person was. You forgot you weren't watching Sarah Palin. That could only happen a few times.