Harry Shearer Grades Palin's Standup Comedy Performance On 'Countdown' (VIDEO)

05/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Noted comedian, and HuffPost blogger, Harry Shearer joined Lawrence O'Donnell, who was guest hosting "Countdown" last night, to critique Sarah Palin's comedic debut on "The Tonight Show."

Noting that this was not just her first time on "The Tonight Show" but actually her first time doing a comedy routine anywhere, Shearer said "
all I could think of when I saw that was Bill Clinton on the Arsenio Hall show, probably the first network gig he'd ever had as a saxophone player... It's like that paved the way for this. "

As for the performance itself, Shearer gave her a B for delivery but a C- for material: "I would fire her writers. That was lame material. Watching her perform I now understand why TLC canceled the Miss America pageant."


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