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Maya Rudolph teases resuming ‘SNL’ impression of Harris after VP announcement

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Maya Rudolph, the comedian who earned an Emmy nomination for impersonating Kamala Harris on “Saturday Night Live,” teased the possible return of her performance on Tuesday after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden picked the California senator to be his running-mate. 

Rudolph learned of Harris’s selection as Biden’s vice presidential pick as she appeared for a panel discussion for Emmy nominees with Entertainment Weekly. 

“Oh shit. Ruh-roh,” Rudolph said, according to the magazine, adding that she loves to go on NBC’s “SNL” and would be thrilled to resume the Harris impression. 

“I love going to the show any excuse I can get…I just didn’t really anticipate traveling during this pandemic, but if there’s anyone who can work it out I’m sure Lorne [Michaels] has some kind of invisible helicopter that can get me there,” she said. “Ever since I was a kid, truly, I wanted to be on any kind of ‘SCTV,’ ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and I can’t believe that I got to work there, and I can’t believe that it’s my family still.”

“I’m so thrilled that I got to go back. It’s my favorite place to play,” added Rudolph, who was a cast member on “SNL” between 2000 and 2007. 

Rudolph received three Emmy nominations this year, including an “Outstanding Guest Actress” nod for her work playing Harris in “SNL” sketches that poked fun at the Democratic presidential primary field. 

In one sketch from November, Rudolph-as-Harris, made fun of the senator’s low polling, instead calling herself “America’s cool Aunt.”

“Tonight I’m not going to worry about the polling numbers. I’m just gonna have fun and see if I can get some viral moments,” Rudolph said. “Mama needs a GIF.”

Harris once weighed in on Rudolph’s impersonation, signalling her approval.

“That girl being played by @MayaRudolph on @nbcsnl? That girl was me,” she tweeted. 

Harris would be the first Black woman to serve as vice president if Biden defeats President Trump in the November election. In announcing his pick, Biden called Harris a “smart, tough, and ready” public servant who is “ready to lead.”

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