02/21/2012 10:56 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

SNL: 'Maya Angelou' Punks Morgan Freeman, Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen (VIDEO)

She's a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and now, in this Saturday Night Live clip, she's also the host of a prank show a la "Punk'd." In this tongue-in-cheek video, Maya Angelou has got to be the most articulate game show host of all time.

After pulling off relatively harmless pranks, like putting a pie in Morgan Freeman's chair or cutting the bottom out of Dr. Cornell West's briefcase, she recites a thoughtful punchline: This was not "an act of malice," but "an act of whimsy."

Even the most beloved of authors aren't sparred her gags accompanied by thoughtful prose:

"The sands of time are like rain on a tin roof. Never stopping. Never ceasing. Now, watch me punk Stephen King."