Watch: First Look at ‘The Maya Rudolph Show’
For the one-hour special, the former Saturday Night Live star will be joined by Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, and Andy Samberg.
“Those guys are like my brothers,” Maya says of her fellow SNL cohorts coming on her show. “I know them so well and they’re such wonderful people… Having your friends around when you’re doing stuff is one of the major elements of the joy that is possible, that just creates, I think, a better energy and a better comedy. I mean it’s just more fun to do.”
Janelle Monáe will do a musical number, while Raphael Saadiq will serve as bandleader.
Inspired by the Muppet Show and Carol Burnett Show, Maya says “[Variety is] something that’s very precious to me… it’s a language that I understand very well. I think the reception that [Jimmy Fallon’s] had with what he’s been doing has really started this sort of awareness of, ‘Hey, this feels good to audiences.’ And I think people are starting to pick up on that.”
She continues, “So you know, it’s sort of like the chicken and the egg. I certainly just feel like I got lucky in that I’ve been wanting to do this for so long that it’s just good timing. But I do feel like people want this and need this. And I wouldn’t say that they’re lacking it, but in the sense that there’s a whole generation that doesn’t even really know TV in this way.”
Tune in to the The Maya Rudolph Show on Monday, May 19 at 10:00 pm on NBC.