Maya Rudolph on Kamala Harris’ VP announcement: ‘Oh s–t’
'Saturday Night Live' comedian does a spot on impersonation of Joe Biden's newly selected running mate
Maya Rudolph, the Emmy-nominated comedian who impersonated Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live, responded to the news that the Senator was selected to run as the number two on the Joe Biden presidential ticket.
“Oh s—, ruh-roh,” said Maya Rudolph after Democratic presidential candidate announced Harris as his 2020 running mate. Her portrayal of the politician led Entertainment Weekly to ask Rudolph her thoughts on the historic moment.
Senator Kamala Harris is the first Black woman to run as vice president on a major party ticket. She also holds the distinct honor to be the first Asian American woman to appear on the ticket as a VP choice.
Back in September, Rudolph and Harris exchanged supportive tweets following the sketch where she took on portraying the recently announced 2020 vice presidential nominee.
Rudolph ended her full-time role at SNL in 2007, still she continues to make appearances.
The sketch of Rudolph impersonating Harris debuted last September to rave reviews. She painted the former California Attorney General as a fun, cool yet stern, lawyer-aunt and referenced some of Kamala’s real-life speech points.
One of those quotes Rudolph incorporated into impersonation is “that little girl was me.”
This is a line that she pulled from the Democratic debate in June, where Harris sparred with her then opponent and now running mate, former Vice President Biden.
“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day, and that little girl was me,” said Harris.
Rudolph drew inspiration from Harris at this moment and others. Biden’s announcement means a lot more air time for Harris, so fans like Jason Rector believe Rudolph will return to the SNL.
Rudolph’s portrayal of Sen. Kamala Harris has the potential of being just as popular as Tina Fey‘s Sarah Palin from the 2008 presidential election season. Saturday Night Live has struck political comedy gold again.
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