With castmember Maya Rudolph returning this weekend to host Saturday Night Live, many predicted she'd bring back her Whitney Houston impression for one last hurrah. Fortunately for everyone, she didn't (seriously, too soon) although Rudolph did dust off her versions of Maya Angelou and Michelle Obama.
But her most hilarious celebrity impression of the night was Beyoncé.
Rudolph's Bey and Jay Pharoah as Jay-Z (a reminder that an impression can be accurate and also boring) have a white butler they call "white butler," let Blue Ivy sleep in a crib lined with "one of Diana Ross's finest wigs" and in Beyoncé's case, at least, always have on a fringed, sequined silver dress under a robe. (I guess Sasha Fierce gets dressed first.)
While a wavy blonde wig and a sparkly dress are the basics for any Beyoncé, Rudolph mostly played the foil for the other weird characters parading through their home: Taylor Swift making her surprised face, Prince giving Blue Ivy "a smirk," Angelina Jolie trying to take the baby home and Justin Timberlake as Bon Iver putting himself to sleep with a lullaby.
Actually, Justin Timberlake's appearance reminded me of the last time Beyoncé made an SNL appearance: The super-viral sketch where Timberlake and two other guys act as (the real) Beyoncé's back-up dancers in the "Single Ladies" video.
Does Maya's version measure up, or do you think Beyoncé is funnier when she's playing herself?