Tina Fey and Amy Poehler spoof Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Hillary Clinton on SNL

On last night’s season opener of Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey returned to play Alaskan Gov. and Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, while Amy Poehler reprised her dead-on impression of Hillary Clinton, in one of the funniest skits I’ve seen on SNL in a long time (and alas, one of the only funny skits of the night).

Palin and Clinton joined forces to send a “nonpartisan message” asking for an end to sexism in the presidential campaigns. Watch it here (or on NBC.com):

Palin’s shotgun pose and enthusiastic pronouncement that “I can see Russia from my house!”? Hilarious. And Clinton’s comment about sexism in the media being "An issue which I am frankly surprised to hear people suddenly care about” was genius — and very, very true.

The whole thing was so funny, Lori and I watched it three times last night. (Not so funny? The rest of the show.)

The press is eating up the skit, too. The Chicago Tribune is asking, “Did Tina Fey out-Palin Palin?” The TV critic at the Orlando Sentintinel says, "Michael Phelps was the host, but Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were the stars."

ABC News reports that aboard the Jet Blue plane carrying Palin and the press last night, there were "howls of laughter from the sizeable press corps" when the Palin-Clinton skit aired, "but, from the front of the plane, silence" even though "the flight attendants assured us Palin and her entourage were watching."

This review on the website ComedyCentric really nailed it for me: "While Fey mimicked Palin’s painfully clueless, space-cadet deportment to perfection, her fellow Baby Mama star Amy Poehler did an ace version of Democrat Hillary Clinton that made the Republican look like an amateur at Happy Hour onscreen. I guess many would argue real life is about the same."

Love/hate the skit? Favorite lines? Let us know in the comments!