Maya Rudolph as Kamala: Here’s a taste of why we may have to start watching SNL again

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Sen. Kamala Harris’s pick as presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s VP isn’t just poised to benefit President Donald Trump — it’s also poised to benefit “Saturday Night Live” alumni Maya Rudolph.

While Rudolph has returned to the show several times to reprise certain roles since leaving the cast in 2007, it was her role as Harris that really enamored her to the public.

And with Harris having now been selected as Biden’s VP, it’s guaranteed that Rudolph has a lot more work cut out for her, assuming of course “Saturday Night Live” returns to the air anytime soon amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In the meantime, it may behoove the lovers of political comedy to remind themselves of some of Rudolph’s past performances as Harris, starting with this Democrat debate impression in which she portrayed the senator as attention-starved:

Throughout the debate above, Harris as played by Rudolph was constantly pining for viral moments that would earn her social media kudos.

“I’m not going to worry about the polling numbers. I’m just going to have fun and see if I can get some viral moments. Mama needs a GIF,” she said at one point.

And so throughout the entire debate, she constantly tried to pose in ways that would be conducive for fun memes or GIFs.

Like this:


And then there’s Rudolph’s impression of Harris at a Democrat town hall as someone desperate to be seen as a “cool aunt, a fun aunt,” or what she called a “funt.”

“Can I win the presidency? Probably not. But can I successfully seduce a much younger man? You better funt-ing believe it,” she quipped.

Perhaps, perhaps not, though she did once successfully seduce a much older man for what appeared to be political purposes

Watch the town hall below:

During the town hall, Rudolph’s Harris also shared a message for the president: “No one is above the law.”

The real Harris liked it so much she shared a GIF of the message to Twitter.


During Rudolph’s final performance thus far as Harris back in December, a couple of weeks after the senator dropped out of the primary, she revived the portrayal of Harris as attention-starved by having her pop up out of nowhere at a Democrat debate.

“I was just in the neighborhood. But while I’m here, I just want to show you how good you could have had it, America. You withheld your donations, and I got tired of waiting, so I walked my fine a– out the door. You could have had a bad b—h,” she said.

She returned later for another attempt at a viral moment.

“It’s pronounced Kamala, it rhymes with Pamala, it ain’t Camila Cabello, b—h, it’s Kamala,” she said as she danced like a stripper.

Watch the debate below:

So how does Rudolph feel about reviving the role again? Surprised but excited, it seems.

“That’s spicy. Oh, s–t. Ruh-roh,” she reportedly said Tuesday when she learned that Harris had been chosen as  Biden’s VP.

She reportedly added that she’s fully prepared to return to playing the role, even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I love going to the show, any excuse I can get … I just didn’t really anticipate traveling during this pandemic, but if there’s anyone who can work it out I’m sure [SNL producer] Lorne [Michaels] has some kind of invisible helicopter that can get me there,” she said.

“Ever since I was a kid, truly, I wanted to be on any kind of SCTV, Saturday Night Live, and I can’t believe that I got to work there, and I can’t believe that it’s my family still. I’m so thrilled that I got to go back. It’s my favorite place to play.”

“I don’t know that I’m ready to go right this minute, but it’s so nice to have this nomination be associated with the show because it’s my true love,” she added.

The folks at “SNL” for their part posted a tweet suggesting that they too are ready for her return:

The president meanwhile is more than ready for the real-life Harris to return to the spotlight.

At a presser Tuesday, he admitted that he’d always viewed her as his “number one draft pick” because she’d been so “extraordinarily nasty” to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Plus, he added during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” later that evening, she’s pretty darn far-left.

“A lot of people think it’s a dangerous choice. I think she is the most liberal person, supposedly, in the Senate. … She wants to raise taxes. She wants to get rid of your Second Amendment, no guns for protection, no nothing,” he said.

“She is very strong on the Second Amendment, getting rid of it, and very bad to the military. She wants to cut the military. She wants to cut spending for the military and the vets.”

This all makes her one very easy target for political ads.

Listen to Trump below:


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