Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph made a surprise appearance during the NBC comedy’s 45th season premiere as Senator Kamala Harris during a Democratic candidate “Impeachment Town Hall” sketch, and it appears that Senator Harris was a big fan of the impression. Rudolph appeared alongside host Woody Harrelson, who was portraying former Vice President Joe Biden, Larry David’s Bernie Sanders, and Kate McKinnon’s Elizabeth Warren.
Rudolph’s impression referenced Harris’ viral clip from a Democratic debate this summer where she confronted Biden over his past opposition to federally-mandated busing. During the debate, Harris told Biden that there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public school and who was bused to school every day.
YES SHE WAS SENATOR HARRIS!!! https://t.co/nW9tRdJu6D
— Maya Rudolph (@MayaRudolph) September 29, 2019
“That little girl was me,” said Harris.
This line turned into a de facto slogan for her campaign, and Rudolph was all over it in the skit, telling CNN anchor and debate moderator Erin Burnett, played by Cecily Strong, “Now Erin, that little girl you just introduced, that little girl was me.”
Rudolph, as Harris, introduced herself as America’s fun aunt, or “funt,” who would give you weed, then arrest you for having weed. This was a reference to Harris’ career as the Attorney General of California, where she actively prosecuted nearly 2,000 people for marijuana crimes.
Now, Harris has changed her tune to match public opinion, and she says she supports marijuana legalization and clearing the records of nonviolent marijuana offenders.
Rudolph also called Harris a “walking-talking TNT show” and a “smooth-talking lady lawyer.” And, at one point during the town hall she put on sunglasses and started drinking a frozen cocktail.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) September 29, 2019
After watching Rudolph’s parody, Harris tweeted, “That girl being played by @MayaRudolph on @nbcsnl? That girl was me.”
She also posted a GIF of Rudolph during the sketch saying, “No one is above the law.”
Rudolph – who hadn’t tweeted at all in 2019 – retweeted Harris’ post and added, “YES SHE WAS SENATOR HARRIS!!!” and “YESSSSSSSSSSENATOR!!!
New episodes of Saturday Night Live air Saturday nights on NBC, and Rudolph currently stars on The Good Place, which airs Thursday nights on NBC.