No hold­ing back for Maya Ru­dolph

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS ANGELES — There’s no kitchen sink, but Maya Ru­dolph has thrown just about ev­ery­thing else into the open­ing num­ber of her va­ri­ety se­riesin­spired NBC spe­cial, The Maya Ru­dolph Show. “There’s com­edy and mu­sic and spe­cial guests and an­i­mals,” the Satur­day Night Live alum said in a re­cent in­ter­view. The show pre­mières Mon­day at 9 p.m. An­i­mals? “Well, there’s only one, I’m not go­ing to lie,” Ru­dolph said with a smile. “There’s one pony that just shows up. I just felt like it was im­por­tant to have.” Also in the opener: guest stars Sean Hayes and fel­low SNL alums Fred Ar­misen and Andy Sam­berg, as well as chil­dren and a plate spinner. But that as­tro­naut on stilts might have ended up on the cut­ting-room floor, she said. Ru­dolph said she was in­spired by The Mup­pet Show and The Carol Bur­nett Show.

Ru­dolph and Fred Ar­misen.

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