Maya Rudolph channels Beyonce for Tulane grads

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Maya Rudolph Imitates Beyoncé, Butchers the National Anthem at Tulane’s Graduation.

Maya Rudolph was the commencement speaker at Tulane University’s graduation on Saturday, and the comic concluded her speech with an unexpected twist: a four-minute rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that included lyrics from both “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” (Hey, why not?) Rudolph cited the graduation’s venue, the Superdome in New Orleans, as the inspiration for her jazzed up version.Good morning graduates, families and friends of graduates — mothers, fathers, brothers, brothers from other mothers, sisters, roommates, “roommates,” grandmas, grandpas, Meemaws and Papaws, Bubbies, Nanas and Boppas, Nany Gigi’s and their special friend Herb, Aunt Ronnies, Uncle Garys and people who met on Tinder this morning. On Saturday, the comic treated Tulane graduates to a few wise words, then bust out her famous Beyoncé impression to perform a raucous, over-the-top rendition of the national anthem.

Rudolph, who is actually a very talented singer, takes this joke way further than expected, filling around four minutes with ludicrous cadenzas and other vocal acrobatics. I wore Birkenstocks and I smelled like a patchouli fart.” “During senior year, my father asked me what I planned to do after I graduated, and I told him ‘I want to be on Saturday Night Live,’” she said. “I never wanted to admit that being on was my dream.

It really is a true honor to be with all of you as you begin this new phase of your life – as you embark on this exciting and challenging journey of being sober during the day. I applaud you for being here today because it means not only have you earned a college degree but you have found this arena despite still having a blood alcohol level of 9.03999. Now I don’t speak Latin so I don’t know what that means, but I do speak Pig Latin… so I know how to say “I EAKSPAY IGPAY ATINLAY.” I didn’t go to Tulane. And when are you going to wash your feet?” He was realistic, supportive, deflected the responsibility back to me and subtly showed his support for his daughters pursuit of a life in Fart Jokes.

So like this: If I’m in a scene with you President Fitts and you say, “hey, you’re Oprah Winfrey.” And I say, “No I’m not.” Then our scene would be over. YOU GET A COLLEGE DIPLOMA!” If I could give my 21 year old self any advice it would be take as many bikini photos as you can now because your body is smokin’ hot.

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