Maya Rudolph Brings Laughter as Beyoncé in SNL Hot Ones Sequel

Maya Rudolph returned to Saturday Night Live as host, reprising her popular Beyoncé parody in a "Hot Ones" sketch sequel. The episode featured a star-studded lineup, a wholesome tone, and a queer-coded celebration of Rudolph's greatness.

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Maya Rudolph Brings Laughter as Beyoncé in SNL Hot Ones Sequel

Maya Rudolph Brings Laughter as Beyoncé in SNL Hot Ones Sequel

On May 11, 2024, Maya Rudolph made a triumphant return to Saturday Night Live (SNL) as host, reprising her popular Beyoncé parody in a sequel to the "Hot Ones" sketch. The episode, which aired on Mother's Day weekend, featured a star-studded lineup and a wholesome, family-oriented tone.

In the highly anticipated "Hot Ones with Beyoncé 2" sketch, Rudolph's Beyoncé, aka "Cowboy Carter," once again attempted to conquer the hot chicken wings challenge. When asked by host Sean Evans, played by Mikey Day, why she returned, Beyoncé responded, "This was the only thing I have attempted that I did not slay."

Initially, Beyoncé seemed to handle the heat with ease, crushing the first wing and answering a question without flinching. However, by the second wing, which measured over 500,000 on the Scoville scale, she became overwhelmed, exclaiming, "Damn, my bones are hot!" In a moment of desperation, she requested her assistant to search online if it was possible to replace her bones with ones that weren't on fire.

The sketch took a hilarious turn as Beyoncé still struggled with the increasingly spicy wings, including a nameless sauce with a label featuring a toilet on fire. After a single bite, she shut down the host's next question, proceeded to belch, blur her face, and throw milk at the host. In the end, Beyoncé departed the set with the help of the Men in Black neuralyzer, leaving behind a trail of chaos and laughter.

Rudolph's return to SNL marked her third time hosting since leaving the show as a cast member in 2007. The episode's opening number was a tribute to Rudolph's greatness, featuring a queer-coded celebration of her as an icon. The chorus, inspired by RuPaul's "Call Me Mother," and the vogueing added to the vibrant energy of the night.

Throughout her career, Rudolph has portrayed Beyoncé numerous times on SNL, dating back to 2004 when she appeared alongside Fred Armisen as Prince in a "Prince Christmas Special" sketch. She has since reprised the role in 2005, 2007, 2012, 2014, and during the show's 40th anniversary special.

Maya Rudolph's triumphant return to Saturday Night Live as host, coupled with her hilarious reprisal of the Beyoncé parody in the "Hot Ones" sequel sketch, solidified her status as a comedy icon. The episode, filled with laughter, family bonding, and a touch of queer-coded celebration, will undoubtedly be remembered as a highlight of the show's 49th season.

Key Takeaways

  • Maya Rudolph returned to SNL as host on May 11, 2024, reprising her Beyoncé parody.
  • The "Hot Ones with Beyoncé 2" sketch featured Rudolph's Beyoncé struggling with increasingly spicy wings.
  • The episode had a wholesome, family-oriented tone and a star-studded lineup.
  • Rudolph has portrayed Beyoncé on SNL multiple times since 2004.
  • The episode solidified Rudolph's status as a comedy icon and will be remembered as a highlight of SNL's 49th season.