36 Top Quotes By Maya Rudolph That Teach Us Vital Life Lessons
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Being born to a soul singer-songwriter and a composer, Maya Rudolph began her early career as a member of an alternative rock band and later became an actress and improv comedian on the NBC show, 'Saturday Night Live', on which her ability to write joke-songs helped a lot. She went on to impersonate many celebrities on the show, but later focused on an acting career on television and in films. She is also involved with charities and supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Free Arts for Abused Children. Here we have collected some of her thoughts shared during her interviews and commencement speeches. She often talks about comedy, writing, children, and supports causes such as abuse, literacy, health and cancer.
I don't know if comedy is a male sport. I always wondered that. I never thought I'd get a chance to do what I'm doing. It's such a dream. I thought she was the funniest woman, and I believed being a comedian was the most exciting thing you could be. I've met people who are baffled by children, as though they were never children themselves. I feel like I'm a drag queen. I've been writing joke songs since I was a kid and it served me well at S.N.L. I can write those in my sleep. In fact, I have. I don't look my best when I wake up! But I do feel beautiful when I'm tired and happy and I've had a good laugh and a glass of champagne. Honestly, because it's my third, I feel like I've been pregnant for like six years, seriously. The thing you can do better than anyone else is love your children, because they're your children. I've never set out to write a funny movie or be a funny comedian as a woman. I am a woman. I don't really have a choice in the matter. My goal is just to be funny. I like being a funny lady. I think theres nothing sexier than a funny lady. Because you want to keep an air of calm and cool. I think that people who don't like kids are awful people. I've met people who are baffled by children, as though they were never children themselves. Most of my life I didn't feel very normal. There's definitely been some moments where I feel like, all right, I've finally graduated and I'm a normal lady. I feel like I'm a drag queen. I've been writing joke songs since I was a kid and it served me well at S.N.L. I can write those in my sleep. In fact, I have. I still have a fantasy of being a musician when I grow up. If my time with my kids is shorter than it was yesterday, it's better than nothing. Lord knows I had what you could call many fashion Don'ts in my day. I have an equal opportunity womb! I never thought I'd get a chance to do what I'm doing. It's such a dream. There are days when I wonder why my mom couldn't be here to see this. To grow up with the loss of your mother is a scar that never goes away. I was a loud child, and if my mother sang to me, I would be quiet. Without a doubt in sketch comedy there are fewer women than men. I learned the enormous power of writing for yourself, especially now that people seem to be receptive to the fact that women can write. I like comedy as a group sport. I've never set out to write a funny movie or be a funny comedian as a woman. I am a woman. I don't really have a choice in the matter. My goal is just to be funny.
Before I had children, everything about my life was devoted to Saturday Night Live.
No, no, no. Your accent is so beautiful.
I don't know if comedy is a male sport. I always wondered that.
I would love it if you would come in and teach me how to really do you.
I get anxious. That lovely Jewish guilt that comes with ancestry. To have your childhood dream realized is a really big deal.