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Watch: Maya Rudolph’s hysterical Beyonce-esque national anthem rendition

By Nick Bond

Former Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids comedian Maya Rudolph was the commencement speaker at Tulane University’s graduation over the weekend, and she finished up her speech by giving those assembled – and all of us worldwide – one extra treat.

Rudolph, a gifted singer as well as comedian (she is the daughter of late multi-octaves singer Minnie Ripperton, after all), resurrected one of her most brilliant SNL sketches, asking the crowd to rise for her to sing the National Anthem.

What follows is about the funniest four minutes you’ll see all week, as Rudolph perfectly parodies all those overwrought singers who try to squeeze every last note out of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Our favourite part? Two minutes and 45 seconds in, when the whole affair suddenly turns into a Beyonce medley, as if it wasn’t ludicrous enough already.

Maya Rudolph, we salute you: