Published on May 19th, 2014 | by thevyne


5 Reasons Why We’ll Be Watching The Maya Rudolph Show Tonight

Maya Rudolph ShowMaya Rudolph is coming back to television with her debut of a new variety show (yes, variety show) which premieres tonight at 10pm Eastern/9pm Central on NBC. We are over the moon about this show, so here are five reasons why we’ll be watching and why you should too:

1. Maya is one talented entertainer. There aren’t many comedians who have both comedic and singing chops (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — Maya’s mom was the late Minnie Riperton who sang the legendary “Loving You“) or who can hold their own in a full television variety show. It’s been a while since there has been a hit variety show and if anyone can revive it in 2014 it would be Maya!

2. There are not enough women of color in television…so we need to support. Let’s face it, there are not enough women of color in comedy on television — period.  And especially not enough black women who don’t resort to shucking and jiving in order to make an audience laugh.We can talk about more positive images of women of color until in television until we’re blue in the face, but if we support ratchet reality shows and not quality content, we’ll just see more ratchet reality shows.

3. Maya’s impersonations are priceless. Remember her as Whitney? Oprah? Donatella Versace? Back in 2012 she was on Ellen and played an impersonation game that you have to see (fast forward to about 1:58):

And if you missed SNL this past weekend, Maya made a guest appearance as Beyonce in the Solange/Jay-Z skit which was hilarious:

4. The celebrity cameos. In the first episode alone she’s reported to have her former SNL buddies Fred Armisen and Andy Samberg on the show, as well as a performance by Janelle Monae. We’re excited to see what other celebs will pay her a visit.

5. Raphael Saadiq is the band leader. We’ve loved Raphael Saadiq way back in the Tony Toni Tone “It Never Rains in Southern California” days to the Lucy Pearl “Dance Tonight” days and into his solo eclectic funk era. We know Raphael is going to BRING IT and we can’t wait to hear the band.


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