Saturday, April 13, 2024

SNL: Watch Maya Rudolph’s Show Stopping Ode to New York “I’m Still Here” as the Statue of Liberty


John Mulaney restored “Saturday Night Live” to its past glory when he hosted the show last night for the second time in 2020, and his fourth time overall.

Among Mulaney’s many talents is his execution of mini Broadway shows. He loves musicals. Last night’s New York musical, 8 minutes long, is capped by Maya Rudolph dressed as the Statue of Liberty performing a parody of Stephen Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here.” It’s absolutely brilliant. Rudolph was hired this season to play Kamala Harris, but she’s been doing skits in every show, subbing for AWOL cast members Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant. (Much missed, they are off shooting other shows for a bit.)

“I lived through Warhol/I lived through Betheny Frankel, I’m still here,” Rudolph sings. “Now there are Sex and City tours/My first apartment was a drawer/And I’m here.”

Rudolph is just sensational. A much beloved recent Emmy winner, she has a great voice. But why not? Her mother was the late great singer from the 70s, Minnie Riperton, who died way too young. She’d be proud of her daughter. Rudolph will win another Emmy hands down with this performance.

PS Mulaney’s love of musicals can also be seen in his parodies on “Documentary Now” for IFC Channel. Check them out, particularly his take on DA Pennebaker’s making of Sondheim’s “Company.”

Maya comes in at 4:28. PS Whoever’s producing the virtual Tony Awards should re-create this.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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