Maya Rudolph delivered a hilarious commencement speech to Tulane University graduates on Saturday morning and had the crowd in hysterics.

“Look at all these beautiful faces … and iPhones,” she said before beginning her address. “Families and friends of graduates, mothers, fathers, brothers, brothers from other mothers, sisters, roommates, grandmas and grandpas, meemaws and papaws … and people who met on Tinder this morning, I thank you for having me here to join you on this special day in this incredible city. I stand here humbled, gracious and completely naked under this robe.”

Randolph joked with the graduates about her own career goals and chided them on not exactly knowing what they may want to do in the future, as in, after they leave the graduation.

“I never wanted to admit that being on [Saturday Night Live] was my dream. I never wanted to admit that I was a thespian,” she added. “And my dad did what any great teacher would do. He looked at me, un-phased, and said, ‘Great. And how do you plan to support yourself while you figure that out? And when are you going to wash your feet?’ “

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  • Anthony

    I have always been a Mya Rudolph fan. She is incredibly talented, but I just don’t see her as a sister.

    • elle D.

      Yea I know, I don’t think she was raised with that consciousness since her mother passed early in her life….

    • BillipPhailey

      That’s ignorant.

      Aside from the silliness inherent in fictive, phony filial ties, it presupposes that there is a stereotypical way to be.

    • blogdiz

      Actually She herself has publicly stated that she does doesn’t really identify with Black people there’s that
      We can still like her as a person/comedienne though

    • BillipPhailey

      Her loss. As long as she doesn’t bash us, it’s all good.

    • Anthony

      Am I still ignorant in your mind?

    • BillipPhailey

      Without putting forth the explanation that blogdiz did which explained what Maya herself feels…yeah. It comes across as ignorant in that it is stereotypical and reductive.

      We can agree that she is hilarious. I do see “us” in her sense of humor though. I’m sure she can see her Jewishness as part of that too.

    • mmmdot

      That’s sad. When did she say that?

    • blogdiz

      It never really came across negative ( at least to me ) Cuz She is just as much white as she is black
      Her mom died when she was very young she was saying she was raised by her white family in a white environment with white friends dated white men (is married to one )
      I think ones racial /genetic heritage can be different from your social identity given her background plus she is somewhat white presenting if she identifies more with her white side no skin off my nose really

    • mmmdot

      That’s true. But I still think it’s sad when biracial people don’t identify with being Black at all. I don’t judge them for it, but I think it’s sad.

    • Anthony

      As so many people keep saying, race is a social construct. Maya Rudolph surely loved her mother, who we all know was the late, great Minnie Ripperton. She obviously knows her mother was a black woman from Florida. As a fan of her work, it is pretty clear to me that in her inner life, she identifies with whites, and given her appearance, talent, and money, I think she has been accepted socially as white. She is biologically biracial, but I think that she is living life as a de facto white woman.

      To be honest, I don’t care about her personal life. She is a great commedienne, musician, and impressionist. I loved her on SNL and Bridesmaids. I just don’t see her as part of my community.

  • Many speakers do try to spice things up in such ceremonies. Maya Randolph was doing just that. Graduating from college represents an end of an era for people. I only want the new graduates to advance their dreams, never lose hope, and to fight for real social change.

  • Mary Burrell

    I love her late mother Minnie Ripperton’s music. I like her in the movies she is talented and funny.

    • Minni Ripperton’s music is classic. She had one of the most sensitive, sweetest voices.

  • mmmdot

    I have ALWAYS thought Maya Rudolph was hilarious! She is so damn funny.