The former Alaska governor, who made the illustrious list, said her family represented "the average, everyday, hardworking American. That's who we are."
Still, the one-time vice presidential nominee got some face time with famous attendees like Betty White. Did they swap SNL talk? Perhaps. (White is preparing for her first hosting stint this Saturday.) Lorne Michaels, the show's creator, did have nice things to say about Palin, who made an appearance on the show while campaigning with John McCain. "She was gracious, incredibly nice to everyone who she was working with and more charming than anyone was expecting," he told PEOPLE.
Meanwhile, Piper snuck in a photo opp with Taylor Swift and Ashton Kutcher, who raved about the starry array of guests. "This is kind of like everybody that I want to see," he said, "and all the performers that I want to see."
But which attendee got Sarah Palin excited? Elton John!
"Yeah, I was a kid in the '70s and '80s," she said. "Elton John’s really good." – Jeffrey Slonim