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Former “SNL” cast members Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen joined Natasha Lyonne on stage as she made her hosting debut Saturday. The “Russian Doll” actress discussed how excited she was to host, acknowledging that she’s always felt a “cosmic connection” to the late-night sketch show.
“I’ve been coming here since I was a teenager, I co-created ‘Russian Doll’ with Amy Poehler,” said Lyonne. She added that she’s “great friends” with some former “SNL” cast members before Rudolph and Armisen, whom Lyonne dated for several years before their recent split, joined her.
The two former “SNL” comedians interrupted Lyonne’s monologue to give their best impressions of the actress, who is known for her gravelly voice.
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“We do really good impressions of you, just not when you’re around,” Rudolph said.
Armisen began his impression with inaudible mumbling before saying, “Congratulations, ipso facto.” And Rudolph delivered her best attempt at her, squinting her eyes and making hand gestures while saying, “How are you? That’s a dynamite sweater… cock-a-roach.”
Rudolph and Armisen then left the stage with a quick goodbye.
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“You know, Freddie and I, we dated for seven years,” Lyonne joked. “We were the only couple with a sex tape that nobody wanted to buy.”
Lyonne confirmed her split with Armisen in April to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that she thinks they broke up because they couldn’t see eye-to-eye on a swimming pool.
“We love each other just about as much as two people can love each other and we’re still talking all the time, but Freddy doesn’t like a swimming pool. It might seem like a mundane reason for a breakup, but during that pandemic, you’ve got to get your laps,” she said. “So I got myself a house with a pool out in Los Angeles. So that’s the real scandal.”