Maya Rudolph's return to host SNL in February 2012 remains one of the most beloved episodes in recent seasons, and the sketch below shows up in Best-Ever lists pretty much every time anybody does one, and it's easy to see why: Only Rudolph's particular sense of humor could combine such a loving, gentle riff on Maya Angelou's gravitas with an indelibly accurate impression, and it never fails to get a laugh when quoted—even from people who haven't watched the show in years. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Laughs" remains one of my fondest memories of both these fine ladies.

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