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Maya Rudolph's over-the-top national anthem

Now all of America will want her at their graduation ceremonies

By Andrea Tim | Published: 19 May 2015

Video: Nola.com

We're all tired of exaggerated national anthems, and guess what, so is Maya Rudolph. However, the Saturday Night Live star had the cheek to get us to see the humour in it with her own over-the-top rendition of America's national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

Maya was asked by Tulane University in New Orleans to make a speech at the recent commencement ceremony, where her cousin Sabrina Rudolph was graduating. Maya's own father Richard graduated there in 1968. Although she went to University of California, Santa Cruz, Tulane was close enough to her heart that she was proud to make a speech for the graduands, which she closed with the national anthem.

Adding a couple of lines from the baseball theme Take Me Out to the Ball Game, she also parodied Beyoncé to deafening cheers from the crowd. And because this is Maya Rudolph we're talking about, even her inspirational advice was laced with humour. Read her speech here.

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