Maya Rudolph Channels Beyonce, Oprah During Hilarious Commencement Speech
By Antoinette Bueno
Can Maya Rudolph deliver the commencement speech for every graduation?!
The hilarious comedian spoke to Tulane University graduates on Saturday, when she gifted us all with her famous Beyonce impersonation. Asking everyone to rise for "The Star Spangled Banner," she channeled Queen Bey like only she can, mixing in her exaggerated oversinging with "Single Ladies" and "Drunk in Love."
She also peppered her speech with an Oprah impersonation and some hilarious advice to the new graduates. "If I could give my 21-year-old set any advice, it would be to take as many bikini photos as you can now because your body’s smokin' hot," she joked.
One of the more memorable moments of the speech was when she gave a sweet shoutout to her cousin Sabrina who graduated on Saturday, asking her to stand up in front of the crowd. Watch at the 6:25 mark below!
"Having my cousin speak at my college graduation was hands down the most amazing, special, and surreal experience of my entire life," Sabrina tells ET about the experience. "And when I thought things couldn't get any wilder, Maya had me stand up and wave to everyone in the superdome in the middle of her speech! Maya has always been my role model, and watching her wow the crowd was just another example of why I aspire to one day get to do the kind of stuff she does."
On a more serious note, the 42-year-old star admitted to her own struggles finding her way after college. She recalled telling her dad that she wanted to be on Saturday Night Live after he asked her what she planned to do after she graduated.
"Until that moment, I never wanted to admit that being on SNL was my dream," she said. "I never wanted to admit that I was a thespian. ... And my dad did what any great teacher would do. He looked at me, unphased, 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?'"
Maya of course did realize her dream, starring on SNL from 2000 to 2007.