Justin Timberlake brought sexy back and Maya Rudolph is bringing the variety show back!
The “Saturday Night Live” veteran opened up about her upcoming variety special for NBC during a recent interview. She said “The Maya Rudolph Show” has singing, dancing and comedy, and it’s exactly what America needs right now!
“I had always wanted to do something like this but wasn’t really sure exactly what it was,” she said. “Once I left SNL, I sort of had the bug and couldn’t really cure it. It’s hard when you perform live on a regular basis and then you stop performing live…it feels like there’s a part of you missing.”
Although it’s been a long time since the days of “The Muppet Show” and “The Carol Burnett Show,” Rudolph said she’s confident that this is the perfect time to bring a variety show back on the air.
“I think I’m an analog person by nature. I’ve always thought it would be a good idea. And I think years ago when I was talking about it with people, you know, people with real business sense would say, ‘Well, I think people have tried it and I’m not sure, I don’t know if it’s the right time,’” the mother of four said. “And I never really think in those terms. I’m more interested in what’s going to feel good. And I feel like creatively you’re at your best when you’re doing something that you love. So I’m just glad that people were actually receptive to it right now.”
“I was going to try to do it no matter what,” she said of the timing. “I mean nine times out 10 some of my ideas tend to be, you know, deep-rooted in the ‘70s or somewhere that has nothing to do with what’s going on now..So I think this was just a lucky timing thing that people really thought, ‘You know what, I really feel like this is what people want right now.’ I think people want to watch TV and feel good and laugh. And that they were just simply receptive to me doing the show was a really nice welcome, a nice feeling.”
She show will also feature familiar funny faces like Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Sean Hayes and Craig Robinson. “Those guys are like my brothers,” Rudolph said of her SNL cohorts. “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.”
“I do feel like people want this and need this,” she added in conclusion. “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.”
Don’t miss the premiere the “The Maya Rudolph Show” on Monday, May 19 at 10 p.m. on NBC!