Happy Birthday, Maya Rudolph!

Maya Rudolph is my queen. She is smart, funny, effortlessly cool and basically everything I’ve ever wanted to be. Today, July 27th, is her birthday… and what better way to celebrate her than to look back on the awesome things she has said?

On writing:

“I learned the enormous power of writing for yourself, especially now that people seem to be receptive to the fact that women can write.” Source

On being a funny woman:

“I’ve never set out to write a funny movie or be a funny comedian as a woman. I am a woman. I don’t really have a choice in the matter. My goal is just to be funny.” Source

“I don’t think of myself as a lady humorist. I just have boobs and parts that allow me to give birth to children, but I like to be funny with the boys and the girls.” Source

On comedy:

“There’s the power that comedy gives you, and the enjoyment. It’s like, yes, you’re deferring pain, but isn’t it more fun to laugh while you’re doing it?” Source

On Saturday Night Live

“It was my childhood dream. To have your childhood dream realized is a really big deal. A lot of beauty, love and pain goes into your first loves. And it can be tough sometimes, too, when you don’t get your pieces on or things get cut at the last minute or you flub a line. I still remember the lines I’ve flubbed.” Source

And finally, a video of her being on Ellen being the best:

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