WASHINGTON: American actor and comic Maya Rudolph received her second Emmy within the Best Comedy Guest Actress class thanks partially to her impersonation of US Vice President Kamala Harris in ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL).
Rudolph’s submission for ‘SNL’ was ‘Host: Maya Rudolph’, which aired on March 27 on NBC because the fifteenth episode of Season 46.
As per Variety, by taking residence the trophy throughout Sunday’s 2021 Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, Rudolph turned the primary individual in 20 years to repeat within the class.
Jean Smart was the final individual to perform the feat in 2000 and 2001. In the twenty years since, Cloris Leachman, Kathryn Joosten and Tina Fey all received twice on this class, however non-consecutively.
This yr, Rudolph’s co-nominees have been Jane Adams, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bernadette Peters, Issa Rae and Kristen Wiig. Rudolph additionally lately received her second voice-over Emmy for ‘Big Mouth’.
With these wins, Rudolph additionally turns into solely the second girl of color and the fourth individual of color total to select up back-to-back performing wins in the identical class from the Television Academy.
Bill Cosby was the primary to realize this, with consecutive lead drama actor wins for ‘I Spy’ in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Charles S. Dutton turned the second, successful a visitor drama actor statue in 2002 for ‘The Practice’ after which the identical race in 2003 for ‘Without A Trace’.
Regina King was the primary girl to do that, successful the supporting restricted collection/TV film actress race first in 2015 after which once more in 2016, each instances for ‘American Crime’.
“I feel really honoured to be a part of something like that,” Rudolph advised reporters by way of Zoom backstage on Sunday.
“I feel really honoured that I’m part of a legacy. … It’s wild to be part of any group of anybody or anything, and I think it’s especially sweet for somebody like me, who just really feels like I am very much my own person and my own thing. I’m just doing only what I know how to do, so it feels really good to be acknowledged in that way,” she added.
In 2020, Rudolph received visitor comedy actress for showing as then-Sen. Kamala Harris within the Eddie Murphy-hosted episode of NBC’s late-night sketch comedy collection.