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Parodies of Palin becoming viral hits

It's not just “Saturday Night Live” that's preoccupied with Gov. Sarah Palin.

Since Sen. John McCain named the Alaska governor as his running mate, Palin has been the subject of countless videos on YouTube and other video-sharing sites. Some praise the governor, while others are critical, but an overall fascination is obvious.

For starters, the “Saturday Night Live” sketch featuring Tina Fey as Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton has been an enormous viral hit. It has been streamed millions of times on NBC's official site, and on YouTube, more than 5million have watched clips from TV news broadcasts on the sketch.

Lisa Nova (whose real name is Lisa Donovan) is a popular YouTuber whose knack for impressions has helped her land TV roles on shows such as Fox's “MadTV.” A video by Nova (the title of which isn't fit for print) that imagines McCain asking Palin to be his running mate has drawn more than 1.6million views. She's carried on the role by mocking Palin's first TV interview with ABC's Charles Gibson as well.

Nova, in this case, is YouTube's answer to Fey.

Another popular YouTuber, Philip DeFranco (“sxephil”) racked up more than 1.2million views for his thoughts on Palin, rapidly expressed while looking directly into the camera.

Funny Or Die last week posted a parody of Palin starring Gina Gershon, complete with the actress posing in a bikini with a shotgun – mimicking the widely circulated pictures that were altered to appear as if they were the governor.

Found footage has also played a role. Numerous videos on YouTube show Palin as a sports broadcaster for a local news program in her pre-politics days. (Search “Sarah Palin sports.”) In the clips, Palin delivers `80s highlights of basketball, baseball and dog mushing.

Videos of the week

The Museum of the Moving Image this week relaunched its “Living Room Candidate” Web site (www.livingroomcandidate .org), updating and expanding its extensive collection of presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to the present. Back in 1952, for example, Dwight Eisenhower campaigned against Adlai Stevenson with a black-and-white animated spot featuring a jingle: “You like Ike / I like Ike? Everybody likes Ike for president!”