Up All Night’s revamped pilot included an expanded role for Maya Rudolph, whose character Ava channels some of Rudolph’s signature moves, particularly her ability to fake-sing. Rudolph can sing for real, too, but her characters often faux-rock out, overdoing all the notes in an Idol-contestant-on-steroids sort of way. Behold:
Rudolph’s riff on the national anthem:
Her song-prone Whitney Houston:
Her emotional Christina Aguilera:
And even when she’s playing herself, Rudolph sometimes segues into ironic-melisma mode:
Ah, Maya Rudolph, if only you could silly-sing on every show.