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The 11 Best Comedian-Musicians

From Russell Brand and Jimmy Fallon to Margaret Cho, this crowd is adept at both joking and singing on stage

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Maya Rudolph

Before joining the cast of SNL in 2000, Maya Rudolph spent a couple of years touring as the keyboardist and backing vocalist for Nineties Moog-synthesizer enthusiasts The Rentals. The daughter of a songwriter father and an R&B singer mother, Rudolph had formed a nine-piece funk band called Super Sauce while in college in the early Nineties. She joined the Rentals on the road in 1994, when the band, formed by ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, opened for Alanis Morissette and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. During her seven seasons on SNL, Rudolph used her pipes to channel Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Justin Guarini, among others.

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