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Fey gives how-to on immitating Palin

Anyone can do Sarah Palin's voice, says comedian Tina Fey, who has done a pretty good job of it herself.

“Not since ‘Sling Blade' has there been a voice that anybody can do,” Fey said. “Anybody can take a swing at this voice.”

Appearing on CBS's “Late Show with David Letterman” on Friday, Fey shared her formula for having spoofed the Alaska governor in recent “Saturday Night Live” sketches.

“It's a little bit ‘Fargo'; it's a little bit Reese Witherspoon in ‘Election,'” said Fey, adding she also borrowed the Midwestern accent of her friend Paula's grandma, “a sweet, sweet old lady from Joliet, Ill. She would always say, ‘Ohhhh, this and that and stuff like that!'”

She explained to Letterman other ways she captures Palin's distinctive speaking style: dropping g's and loading sentences with r's.”

“She's digging those r's,” Fey said. “I think she thinks there's oil in those r's – she is digging deep!”

Associated Press

Palin to appear on “SNL” tonight. 6E

Letterman wins with McCain

Television viewers love a confrontation. David Letterman got his biggest audience in nearly three years with John McCain's rescheduled appearance Thursday night.

McCain told Letterman that he “screwed up” by canceling a guest shot three weeks ago because of the economic crisis. Letterman has hammered him ever since, and questioned the Republican sharply Thursday on Sarah Palin and campaign tactics.

Nielsen Media Research says 6.5 million viewers watched, nearly 3 million more than Letterman typically gets. It was Letterman's biggest night since a December 2005 appearance by someone else he's had tense times with — Oprah Winfrey. Associated Press

Dick told to wear alcohol monitor

Actor Andy Dick has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug and battery charges.

Dick was ordered to serve three years of probation and wear an alcohol monitor for the next year, court records show. He avoided felony charges stemming from his arrest in July after prosecutors determined he did not commit felony sexual battery after a teenage girl accused him of pulling her top down.

The “NewsRadio” actor did not appear in court Friday to answer to the charges, but his attorney stood in for him.

He was arrested after officers responded to a call about an intoxicated male outside a restaurant in Murrieta. Associated Press

Dangerfield's widow wins lawsuit

A judge in Los Angeles has ordered a former friend of Rodney Dangerfield not to distribute video footage of the late comedian taken during the final years of his life. The injunction settles a lawsuit filed last year by Dangerfield's widow against producer David Permut, after he allegedly showed video of Dangerfield, who died in 2004, to two writers and was planning on editing the 200 hours of footage into a documentary called “Respect.” Associated Press

Birthdays

Singer Chuck Berry, 82. Sportscaster Keith Jackson, 80. Actress Dawn Wells, 70. Actress Pam Dawber, 57. Author Terry McMillan, 57. Tennis player Martina Navratilova, 52. Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, 48. Rock musician Peter Svenson (The Cardigans), 34. Rhythm-and-blues Singer-actor Ne-Yo, 29. Country singer Josh Gracin, 28. Country musician Jesse Littleton (Marshall Dyllon), 27. Actor Zac Efron, 21.

This day in history Oct. 18

1867: The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.

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