“SNL” boss Lorne Michaels will executive produce the one-hour special, which may be a tryout for a future series.
Janelle Monáe is set to be the musical guest, with Raphael Saaddiq serving as the band leader.
Will you be tuning into Rudolph’s new variety show?
As one of the most recognizable stars on the show, she impersonated many celebrities like Donatella Versace, Whitney Houston, Liza Minelli and Barbara Streisand, to name a few, and created such memorable characters as Britannica, Megan, Charli Coffee and Mrs. For her efforts, Rudolph was handed a 2006 Golden Satellite nomination and a 2007 Image nomination.Multi-talented Rudolph got her start as a keyboard player in the funk band Supersauce before joining the rock group The Rentals in the mid-1990s, where she sang backup vocals and played the keyboard.After the group broke up, she embarked on her comedy career by joining the famed troupe the Groundlings.Shortly thereafter, she began her stint on “SNL.” As an actress, Rudolph made her debut in five episodes of the CBS series “Chicago Hope” (1996-1997).She next appeared in the movies “Gattaca” (1997), “As Good as It Gets” (1997), “Chuck & Buck” (2000), “Duets” (2000), “Duplex” (2003) and “50 First Dates” (2004).
She also scored a regular role on the brief-lived show “City of Angels” (2000).
Rudolph received her first major film role in Robert Altman's “A Prairie Home Companion” (2006), from which she netted a Gotham nomination.
Her more recent and upcoming film credits include “Idiocracy” (2006), “Shrek the Third (2007, voiced Rapunzel), “Away We Go” (2009), “Grown Ups” (2010) and “Shrek Forever After” (2010).
She revisited the small screen after leaving “SNL” in “Kath and Kim” (2008-2009), where she played the recurring role of Athena Scooberman.
As for her personal life, Rudolph has been in a relationship with director Paul Thomas Anderson since 2001.
They have a young daughter named Pearl Minnie Anderson.