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Maya Rudolph’s SNL ‘Mother’ song is reminiscent of Beyoncé and Madonna

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Maya Rudolph's SNL 'Mother' song is reminiscent of Beyoncé and Madonna

Maya Rudolph opened the Mother’s Day episode of “Saturday Night Live” with a tribute to mothers — in every sense of the word.

Rudolph hosted the penultimate episode of the season and began her monologue by noting that she herself is a mother four times over. “But Maya, look, you’re not just a mom,” cast member Bowen Yang reminded her. ‘You are mother”, invoking the term’s use in queer slang to describe powerful, ambitious women. “You were the first to kill the house, Queen!”

“Who me, mother?” Rudolph asked, as if shocked. “You’re right!” The host then launched into a propulsive dance number, walking through Studio 8H – also known as ‘House of Rockefeller’ – in a reflective bodysuit, delivering lyrics like ‘Oops, I made you dance / Remember in that movie back then I pooped my pants? ” Other lines played on the many meanings of “mother”: “Who’s your favorite funtie / It’s me, come hunt!” / I’ll turn this car around too if you don’t stop hitting your sister.”

The monologue also featured appearances from cast members Sarah Sherman, Kenan Thompson, Chloe Fineman (and her dog), and Punkie Johnson, who stepped in to deliver “a message from the gays” that “the monologue gives body-ody-ody. The performance ended on the main stage, now decked out with disco balls, where Rudolph unfurled a fan in one of several nods to drag the aesthetic, including Thompson’s MC Infinity Decor and a panel of judges making statements of “10” and “I I’m gagged.” The song alluded to pop cultural touchstones like Madonna’s “Vogue” and Beyoncé’s “Renaissance: Part I,” which also drew from ballroom culture.

Rudolph currently stars in “Loot,” the sitcom currently airing its second season on Apple TV+. Rudolph plays Molly Wells, a woman whose divorce from a Jeff Bezos-like billionaire inspires her to channel her wealth into nonprofit work. She also appears as a voice actor in “If,” the film written and directed by John Krasinski, which will be widely released on May 17.

As a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 2000 to 2007, Rudolph co-starred in recurring sketches such as “Bronx Beat” with Amy Poehler, and “The Art Dealers” with Fred Armisen. She also did impressions of celebrities and public figures such as Beyoncé, Maya Angelou and Donatella Versace.

Rudolph is hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the third time since leaving the show. She first MCed in 2012 with musical guest Sleigh Bells, and again in 2021 with musical guest Jack Harlow. Rudolph has also made several cameos over the years, including as Vice President Kamala Harris.

Next week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” will be the Seasn 49 finale, with host Jake Gyllenhaal and musical guest Sabrina Carpenter.

Check out the sketch below: