After the recent announcement by NBC, our prayers have been answered: MayaRudolph will have her own variety show. This is the show we have always wanted, but didn’t realize it..
“The Maya Rudolph Show” will air Monday, May 19, at 10 p.m. on NBC. No judgement here if you’re setting your DVR over a month in advance. People do that for blood baths on Game of Thrones or to see Lena Dunham naked, so why not for our gurl Maya. The structure of this show will bring us back to the vintage variety format of the Carol Burnett era. There will be song, there will be dance, there will be laughs, and there will be woman power. Can I get a hallelujah.
“The Maya Rudolph Show” will premiere as a one episode special, but doubling as a pilot. I’m making a big assumption here, but I think we can all agree that this has the potential to become a full series. Her guest list for this special is star-studded with funny people including: “Frozen” star Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, and a performance by Janelle Monáe. I’m also assuming there will be several surprise appearances from our other favorite SNL alum (crossin’ my fingers for some Jimmy and Tina). Lorne Michael’s will also take his well deserved role as executive producer, no surprise there.
Living as a sappy, confused, 20something in NYC, there are moments when I can’t help but to feel so fortunate to have grown up in an era watching such talented, creative, and funny women on television. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, and Maya Rudolph have fully removed the words “woman are not funny” from existence. Carol Burnett and early SNL alum like Gilda Radner first proved to society how girls can keep up with the Kings of comedy. Growing up in the 90s & 2000s, I feel so lucky to have had these incredible role models to look up to in the media, who in the end inspired me to pursue a career in television. Funny women in the entertainment industry are the new fashion models and pop stars. Society is changing. Young woman are now looking up to actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, or Mindy Kahling. Talent, honesty, and humor are finally being noticed and praised over appearance or lifestyle. Times are changing. Fake is out, real is in. I’m blessed to be living among this ongoing change within society.
“The Maya Rudolph Show” is simply providing a very talented and funny comedian with a variety show….who happens to be a woman…in what happens to historically be a very male driven genre & time-slot. I think both men and women will be looking forward this special, and both hoping that it becomes approved for a series. In the end, funny is funny. Whether you are male, female, orange, black, orange is the new black, gay, puppy, or even a cat on the internet–funny will always triumph.