It was Sarah Palin versus Sarah Palin late on Saturday in a bizarre comedy double-take that saw the Republican vice presidential candidate join her own television mimic.
Hit comedy show Saturday Night Live opened with actress Tina Fey doing what she has been doing for weeks -- pretending to be John McCain's running mate.
The big hair-do, the little red jacket and rimmed glasses were perfect. So too were Fey's winks, smiles, twangy accent and salt-of-the-Earth language at a spoof press conference.
Then the camera cut outside the studio to the real Palin -- the moose-hunting, ice-hockey loving governor of Alaska -- watching her imitator on a monitor.
Palin, whose candidacy has been relentlessly mocked by comedians, proved that falling behind in the polls ahead of the November 4 election has not dented her sense of humor.
She replaced Fey at the fake press conference and later boogied to a rap song that made fun of her politics and home state, all against a background of phony Eskimos, an impersonator of her husband, and even the shooting of a theatrical caribou or two.
At the close of the song, Palin, still flashing that trademark smile, said: "I'm Sarah Palin. Goodnight and have a pleasant on Monday."