The SNL 40th Anniversary Special was highly anticipated for the last month, with many fans of the show wondering if the sketches and performances would be a major success or a disappointing flop.
Well, Sunday night (Feb. 15) was the moment of truth and the brain trust pulled out all of the stops by welcoming just about everyone who had ever been involved in the show to be a part of the celebration. One of the standout moments was veteran cast member Maya Rudolph’s sketch in which she pulled a Beyonce impression for the ages.
After a brief introduction by actor Martin Short, the comedic cutie struts onstage as the live band plays the beat for “Crazy in Love.” Rudolph shows up in a black onesie and a ‘do reminiscent of Beyonce’s alter ego Sasha Fierce. Going the extra mile and doing the patented Beyonce chest-pump move, Rudolph greets the SNL crowd in all of her charismatic splendor, receiving compliments from Short — who voiced what every heterosexual guy in attendance at the show or viewing from a TV or laptop was thinking.
But the kicker was when the sketch transitioned to the musical portion. Following a quick tune by Short, Rudolph decides to have a little fun and create her own rendition of “Drunk in Love” and the result is classic SNL. Substituting Bey’s famed “surfboard” quote for “40 years,” she sends the crowd — and everybody at home for that matter — into a frenzy. Rudolph and Short continue to create their own versions of popular tunes, including Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” before eventually leading the cast into a full-blown dance session onstage.
Since Maya Rudolph is the daughter of famed singer Minnie Ripperton, it’s only right she has some soul and swag, which she puts on full display during this segment — she even pokes some fun at Kanye West’s support of the singer. Rudolph owned the stage and this Beyonce moment arguably became the highlight of the night.
In the weeks following the release of ‘Black Messiah,’ it wasn’t surprising for fans to think D’Angelo could possibly spend the next few years in recluse before following up this album with another (which is fine considering ‘Black Messiah’ is superb). However, that’s not the case. Before rocking Harlem, N.Y.’s Apollo Theater next month, D’Angelo and the Vanguard will play ‘Saturday Night Live’ on Jan. 31.
This comes a few months after Prince, who’s known as one of D’Angelo’s biggest inspirations, performed a three-song medley on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ After he takes the stage there and at the Apollo, the crooner will embark on the month-long Second Coming tour over in Europe.
The Jan. 31 episode of ‘SNL’ will be hosted by actor J.K. Simmons, who came into recent prominence with his Golden Globe Award-winning performance in ‘Whiplash.’ Simmons is welcomed, but even he must know that D’Angelo is going to make more headlines the following Sunday morning.
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Tracy Morgan, who was badly injured in a collision June 7, has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, his publicist said.
“Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement,” publicist Lewis Kay said. “His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.”
Tracy Morgan is in critical condition after a six-vehicle accident in New Jersey early Saturday, authorities said.
The former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and “30 Rock” star was riding in a limo bus when the accident occurred in Mercer County, said Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police.
The limo bus overturned at the New Jersey Turnpike in Robbinsville, he said.
“The limo bus is the only vehicle that overturned,” Williams said. “Looks like one of the tractor-trailers may have rear-ended that limo bus, but that’s preliminary at this time.”
Williams said he does not believe alcohol played a role in the accident, but that is under investigation.
In addition to the bus, the wreck involved two tractor-trailers and an SUV, he said.
One person was killed and seven others hospitalized with injuries, authorities said. The fatality may have been another passenger in the limo bus, Williams said.
Peter Haigney, a spokesman for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, said four patients are being treated there.
Three are in critical condition and one is in fair condition, he said.