Maya Rudolph is the ultimate ‘mother’ in showstopping ‘SNL’ opening monologue | CNN

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Maya Rudolph delivered an outstanding opening monologue on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ earning praise for her performance as the ultimate ‘mother.’ She returned to Studio 8H at 30 Rock in New York City, hosting the show for the third time. The episode coincided with Mother’s Day, where real-life mothers of the cast joined in to tell jokes.

During the monologue, Bowen Yang and Sarah Sherman celebrated Rudolph’s role as a mother, with Yang referring to her as ‘Mother.’ The atmosphere turned into a ballroom setting reminiscent of 1980s NYC, with Kenan Thompson introducing Rudolph as the ‘Mother of the House of Rockefeller.’ Rudolph then delivered a rap performance celebrating all types of mothers, including stepmothers, godmothers, and even dog moms.

The monologue featured references to iconic ‘SNL’ skits and characters, including her legendary impersonations of figures like Donatella Versace. Rudolph, who was a cast member of ‘SNL’ from 2000 to 2007, has made several cameo appearances since then. She passionately engaged the audience with her comedic timing and nostalgic references.

The musical guest on Rudolph’s episode was Vampire Weekend, and the upcoming finale of Season 49 will feature Jake Gyllenhaal as host. As ‘Saturday Night Live’ approaches its 50th anniversary in the fall, Rudolph’s memorable monologue highlighted her enduring talent and connection to the show’s history.

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