Maya Rudolph Sings Bizarre, Hilarious National Anthem During Tulane Commencement Speech (Video)

Rudolph channels her “Saturday Night Live” character Pamela Bell for the performance

Maya Rudolph gave the 2015 graduating class of Tulane University a commencement they won’t soon forget.

After concluding her speech, Rudolph launched into a bizarre version of the national anthem that featured a seemingly endless number of strange voices.

The act was a throwback to Rudolph’s “Saturday Night Live” performance as Pamela Bell, a woman who wins a contest to sing the national anthem before a World Series game.

“I was making fun of this new style of singing that people seem to do, where not only do they lay it on thick, they have, like, 20 different voices in the same song, which I find so incredibly strange,” Rudolph said of the character in a 2009 interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Rudolph also threw her spot-on Beyonce impression into the mix, which had the students rolling in the aisles.

Watch the video.


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