Maya Rudolph Wins Second Guest Comedy Actress Emmy for Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph has picked up a second consecutive guest comedy actress Emmy for “Saturday Night Live,” just hours after she picked up her second consecutive character voice-over performance Emmy.

In 2020, Rudolph won guest comedy actress for appearing as then-Sen. Kamala Harris in the Eddie Murphy-hosted episode of NBC’s late-night sketch comedy series. This time, however, her statue is for portraying a number of characters, including a return to Beyoncé, in the Season 46 episode she hosted. She beat fellow “SNL” host Kristen Wiig to take this trophy, as well as Jane Adams from “Hacks,” Bernadette Peters from “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and both Yvette Nicole Brown and Issa Rae from “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”

When it comes to character voice-over, she won again for Netflix’s animated comedy “Big Mouth,” on which she plays Connie, the Hormone Monster. Specifically this year she won for the episode titled “A Very Special 9/11 Episode.” Here she topped Stacey Abrams for “Black-sh: Election Special Part 2,” Julie Andrews for “Bridgerton,” Tituss Burgess for “Central Park,” Seth Macfarlane for “Family Guy,” Stanley Tucci for “Central Park” and the late Jessica Walter for “Archer.”

With these wins, Rudolph also becomes only the second woman of color and the fourth person of color overall to pick up back-to-back acting wins in the same category from the Television Academy. Bill Cosby was the first to achieve this, with consecutive lead drama actor wins for “I Spy” in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Charles S. Dutton became the second, winning a guest drama actor statue in 2002 for “The Practice” and then the same race in 2003 for “Without A Trace.” Regina King was the first woman to do this, winning the supporting limited series/TV movie actress race first in 2015 and then again in 2016, both times for “American Crime.”

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