Huffpost Comedy

Maya Rudolph Talks Not Auditioning For 'SNL,' Cracking Up With Kristen Wiig On Leno (VIDEO)

Posted: Updated:

"Up All Night" star Maya Rudolph stopped by "The Tonight Show" on Monday and shared some interesting tidbits about her time on "Saturday Night Live," particularly, the unusual way she got on the show.

After talking about her triumphant return to "SNL" last season as host (where she and "Bridesmaids" co-star Kristen Wiig famously lost it during the "Super Showcase" sketch) Rudolph explained to Jay Leno how she never actually went through the show's notoriously challenging audition process. When she was approached by "SNL" scouts after a performance with The Groundlings in Los Angeles and offered an audition, Rudolph actually turned it down due to what she calls "some really bad advice."

"In retrospect I'm sure I was afraid," Rudolph explained. "I took bad advice -- I'm adult enough to admit that now."

Luckily, Rudolph didn't throw her chance away for good. She and fellow Groundlings alum and "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey and her husband edited together a reel for Rudolph and sent it to Lorne Michaels. Maya got the gig, Emily became a staff writer and the rest, as they say, is history.

Watch Maya's interview above and see below for some of the funniest "SNL" on-air crack-ups, including "Super Showcase."

Close
Funniest 'SNL' Crack Ups
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide