It’s no secret that actor, singer, and comic Maya Rudolph is a girl of many abilities. However her new Apple TV+ collection, Loot, shines the highlight on an almost forgotten energy: her unmatched potential to deliver sidesplitting parodies of First We Feast’s Hot Ones to life.
In Loot, Rudolph performs not too long ago divorced billionaire turned philanthropist Molly Wells. Her tech mogul hubby John (Adam Scott) cheated on her, and after some soul looking and an unfulfilling stretch of ingesting, medication, and partying world wide, Molly has an epiphany. She decides to begin working intently along with her charity basis, however her properly intentioned efforts spark a PR nightmare.
In Episode 3, “Sizzling Seat,” Molly units out to rehab her picture by reserving interviews with 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper, and NPR. She holds a cram sesh to study her basis, solely to psych herself out and cancel on the final second. Don’t fear, although. Molly booked one thing “slightly extra her model” that she thinks will get folks again on her facet.
Minimize to host Sean Evans saying, “Welcome to Sizzling Ones — the present with scorching questions and even hotter wings.”
Followers of Rudolph or Saturday Night Live might keep in mind her iconic Hot Ones sketch from 2021 through which she performed Sizzling Ones visitor Beyoncé reverse Mikey Day’s Evans. I assumed the sketch was perfection, however Rudolph fine-tuned her parody efficiency in Loot to ship one of many funniest scenes of the 12 months.
Evans welcomes Molly to the present and so they strive the primary wing doused in Howler Monkey scorching sauce. Molly excitedly says, “Mmm, tasty! That is good,” however the temper rapidly modifications when the interview begins. Evans asks what the Wells Basis is targeted on, and Molly replies, “One of many issues that we’re very captivated with — UGH!”
“Oh wow,” she says. “That one’s received slightly warmth to it, doesn’t it? My goodness.” She reaches for a glass of beer, chugs, burps, and tries to reply once more. “The price of residing in Los Angeles is — FUCKER! I’m so sorry. It’s so scorching. That’s the primary one?”
Evans and his comforting pet canine eyes look involved. He assures her the primary sauce solely has a Scoville ranking of 600. Oh, and so they nonetheless have 9 extra wings to go. Yikes!
Molly instantly regrets chomping the second wing. Evans asks what impressed her to develop into extra concerned with charity, and he or she says, “Sean, I’m gonna want you to do me a favor. I’m gonna want you to close the fuck up.” Queen.
Rudolph’s supply and portrayal of deep discomfort all through the scene is excellent, and dramatic Sizzling Ones flames and music transitions solely improve her efficiency. Sweat pours off of Molly as she makes an attempt one other wing. She screams for beer, hugs the lady who brings it to her, and mixes it with milk in hopes of reaching most cooling impact. As a substitute, it simply makes her gag.
“So it looks like your ex-husband has been supportive of your efforts,” Evans boldly says to this visibly sweating lady. Improper transfer, buddy. Improper transfer.
Molly, now void of all composure and filters, screams: “FUCK THAT MOTHERFUCKER.” When Evans dares ask if the post-divorce relationship isn’t going nice Molly delivers one of many sickest burns in historical past: “Good one, Sean. What’d you go to? Fucking college?” So easy. So unhealthy. So good.
Rudolph efficiently dials up the stress, anger, agony, and passive aggressiveness wanted to convincingly pull off this scene. The dialogue effortlessly flows, the expletive-heavy outbursts catch you off guard, and the bodily comedy (together with Evans’ Jim Halpert-style appears to be like to digital camera) conjures up hearty stomach laughs. Some traces really feel like callbacks to Rudolph’s Saturday Evening Stay sketch, so it’s potential the bulk have been scripted, however I’d guess that some degree of improv was current within the scene — particularly since Evans appears to be like like he may break at any second.
Earlier than they wrap up, Molly — in all her fiery fury — drags Evans to hell. “Let me let you know one thing, Sean. I’ve $87 billion. I may purchase you and this entire studio and each motherfucker in it and I may shut it down. I may kill all people in right here and get away with it,” she says, sneakers in hand. She explains she’s finished getting her “face melted off whereas consuming tiny, spicy items of shit” and blowing her “fucking shorts out,” and I dare you to make it by way of this scene with out at the very least cracking a smile.
Over time, the Sizzling Ones universe has seen stars together with Gordon Ramsay, Shaquille O’Neal, Billie Eilish, and extra battle to deal with the warmth, however Molly Wells provides all of them a run for his or her cash. Loot presents viewers a beneficiant three plus minutes of Sizzling Ones footage, however a glimpse of the YouTube video reveals the overall episode was over 22 disastrous minutes.
Drop the total interview, Sizzling Ones. I may watch Rudolph parody this present all day.