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VIDEO: Sarah Palin Steals The Tonight Show

Mar. 3 2010, Published 3:58 p.m. ET

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Move over, Tina Fey: Sarah Palin was the star of The Tonight Show Tuesday, as the former vice presidential nominee showed America her comedic side, and has you covered on all of her antics.

Palin, the beauty queen-turned-Alaska governor, did a Jay Leno-style monologue in which she poked fun at herself and others in the political spectrum.

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"Thank you, Jay. Thank you. I'm so happy to get to be here. This is a thrill of ... a lifetime really," Palin said. "And Alaska, being so different from Los Angeles. Here, when people have a frozen look on their face, I find out it's Botox.

"It is so beautiful here, though, so warm and beautiful -- back home, ooh, it was freezing. It was five degrees below Congress' approval rating," she said, clearly winning over the studio audience. "Shaun White on the show. Oh, what an amazing athlete. I watched him do a double McTwist 1260, and the only other people to do a double McTwist 1260 was last week: the White House on health care."

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Palin did engage in some serious banter with Leno, claiming that the media has crossed the line when reporting on lives of her children.

"I'm still waiting for that line to be uncrossed," Palin said. "Just show some common decency, allowing the kids to not be the -- I guess kind of a victim in all this, because they certainly don't deserve it. I have very strong, independent, well-adjusted kids, and I so respected that the media had left other politicians' kids alone.

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"I would just ask for the same treatment," she said.

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Leno has stacked his first week back with an impressive roster of guests, including Chelsea Handler, Avril Lavigne and the cast of Jersey Shore on Wednesday; Matthew McConaughey and Jason Reitman slated for Thursday; and Morgan Freeman and Meredith Viera set to appear Friday.

The Tonight Show airs weeknights on NBC at 11:35/10:35c.



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