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Former ‘SNL’ castmates invent Joni Mitchell drinking game, talk Carol Burnett on ‘Maya & Marty’

Tina “Trina” Fey united with Maya “Myra” Rudolph on Tuesday’s Maya & Marty to talk about their love for Seventies-era variety show music medleys. The former SNL castmates climbed atop tall (arguably too tall) stools, where they shared childhood memories and sang period-centric material into skinny (arguably too skinny) microphones.

“It really has always been a dream of mine to have a variety show where I can perform with my friends,” Rudolph reminisced. “I remember when I was little, my brother and I would act out Sonny & Cher – until we found out they were married, so we switched to Donny & Marie because it would be less creepy that way.” 

“I was the same way,” Fey said. “On Saturday nights to watch Carol Burnett, I would put on my fanciest nylon pajamas, and I would mix orange and cream soda in a champagne glass, and I would sit alone in a dark kitchen and watch the show and imagine that I was a part of it. And I really think that’s why I was able to stay a virgin until my mid-20s.”

After teasing some angelic harmonies on Burt Bacharach/Dionne Warwick’s “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” the duo navigated through pop history in bits that grew surreal. Fey performed the long-forgotten (because it never existed) Joni Mitchell song “It Was a Saskatchewan Rainstorm,” which prompted a drinking game idea: “If you ever want to make up a Joni Mitchell song, all you have to do is mention a place in Canada and then say something about a baby.”

The comedians closed with a wild medley featuring fragments of Annie‘s “Tomorrow,” A Chorus Line‘s “One” and Orleans’ “Still the One.” 

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