Maya Rudolph as Beyonce

SNL alumna, Maya Rudolph, is returning to prime-time television with a new variety show produced by SNL executive-producer, Lorne Michaels. Deadline is reporting that Rudolph’s variety pilot with begin as a special after the Winter Olympics.

During Rudolph’s 7 year stint on SNL, some of her most memorable impersonations included Beyoncé Knowles, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand as well as Oprah, Donnatella Versace and Michelle Obama.  After leaving SNL, Rudolph’s career included several movie roles, and even small musical concerts.

One of Rudolph’s most memorable screen appearances was on the  Unsung episode, dedicated to her mother, Minnie Riperton:

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  • LN

    Okay, I love Maya Rudolph. She was my fav on SNL. Which is why I excitedly watched Bridesmaids and then Up All Night — a sitcom Lorne Michaels produced for her. And frankly, it was TERRIBLE. I think Lorne Michaels is one of the most overrated producers in television. Maya herself is very talented, relatable and beautiful. I really hope they create something that does her justice.

    Oh, and I loved her too in Away We Go. Great movie.

  • Up All Night was not the right venue for her. Her character could’ve and should’ve been the star of the show. The other two characters were just weak. Loved Away We Go as well. She is just incredibly talented.

  • is this our SNL black woman?

    • apple

      she was (and don’t tell me she’s not, shes minnie reppertons daughter and considers herself black).. but she left snl i think a year or two ago.

    • libby

      Did Minnie have immaculate conception?… Because as far as I know she has a WHITE DADDY.
      No she does not consider herself Black, she identifies as mixed. SMH. Black +White= Black? I don’t think so.

    • she is not black and i see no reason why black people should claim her as such.

      stop accepting mixed people as proxies for black people. they are merely acceptable replacements for whites. and, they don’t mind being in that position.

    • -A.

      she already was. many forgot that.

    • SayWhat

      NO, we realize that she is mixed race. The black men on SNL are not only black, but they are dark skin, but somehow society’s idea of a black woman is usually one who is light/mixed race. So again, NO, she is not SNL’s first black woman and I was actually disappointed that she was chosen to play the FLOTUS……and this is coming from a Maya fan.

  • Bree

    I saw a documentary in which Maya said that she didn’t feel black. And you can just look at the people she surrounds herself with to figure that out.

  • Jaimuziq

    No wonder Maya wouldn’t make a comment about no black female cast members on SNL now, she knew Lorne was developing a show for her :/