Most of the time, it seems like Hollywood and right-wing politics go together like…well, they don’t.
Just take a look at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, if you need proof.
The two worlds collided again Monday evening during the season finale of ABC’s “Match Game,” which is hosted by super-liberal Alec Baldwin:
For those who are unfamiliar, the reboot of the classic game show features contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions, where the goal is to match answers given by celebrity panelists.
As the foil to Baldwin’s strong, left-wing political views, one of our country’s rightest of right-wingers was a celebrity guest on the show — former Alaskan governor, Sarah Palin:
And to everyone’s surprise, Palin and Baldwin got along like a regular, old comedic duo.
When the show first started, Baldwin approached Palin and addressed the elephant in the room:
“I’m simply gonna start by asking you what everyone is dying to know — what the hell are you doing here?”
To which Palin said:
“I want a challenge. I want to do the antithesis of what I should be doing.”
However, this was by no means Baldwin’s only comment directed toward Palin. The host later jokingly said to her:
“Sarah Palin is here because Tina Fey won’t return my phone calls.”
Despite the minor jabs, Palin played off the jokes like a pro:
— DJ (@HeyMisterDJ_ATL) September 20, 2016
Palin did have her time to shine and that was when the subject of the question was Hillary Clinton:
“Hillary Clinton just opened up a new magic show on the Las Vegas strip. For her final trick, she makes everyone’s _________ disappear.”
And the “correct” answer was “election ballots.”
While some of the other contestants offered up answers such as “pant suits,” “Donald Trump,” and “bills,” Palin had a one of a kind response.
Although Palin may have gotten the answer wrong, she did what few are able to do and got a high-five from Baldwin for her answer:
Sarah Palin Joined the Panel on ABC's 'Match Game,' Hillary Makes People's Brains Disappear https://t.co/O6dRyYS9bn
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) September 20, 2016
After the show aired, it wasn’t long before some were praising Palin for her comedic genius:
So Sarah Palin is hilarious on this show the Match Game! Her comedic timing is so on point!!
— R. StylR Louison (@RstylRLife) September 20, 2016
Sarah Palin is on Match Game. It's pretty funny. Makes me like her more.
— divadoll123 (@divadoll123) September 20, 2016
Sarah Palin Update: More proof you can't keep an Alaska girl down. https://t.co/O3jrmnNuV5
— sjalaska (@sjalaska) September 20, 2016
And then Palin posted a message on Facebook where she talked about how reassuring it was to be able to combine the worlds of super-liberal Hollywood and, as she puts it, a “commonsense conservative”:
Nothing is more fun than the infiltration of traditionally liberal Hollywood; gives us a chance to interact with those…
“Nothing is more fun than the infiltration of traditionally liberal Hollywood; gives us a chance to interact with those who may assume they can’t have much in common with a Commonsense Conservative. I always have a blast doing these pop culture venues!
This one sure was: here’s a sneak peek of our Match Game episode with my liberal pal Alec Baldwin – airs tonight as the season finale on ABC 10/9pm central.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with the entire cast and crew on this episode.
My aspiring-comedian nephew Payton McCann accompanies me on these forays – he’s the best sidekick in NYC. I love him! (And check out my fellow game show panelist, Jack McBrayer, he looks just like Payton.)
Enjoy the diversion from all-things politics!
– Sarah Palin”
That’ll sure be a tough episode to beat.