Saturday Night Live Star Shares Hilarious Dolly Parton Impression: ‘I Wanna Be Dolly, Who Doesn’t?’

by Emily Morgan
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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Timothée Chalamet" Episode 1793 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Villaseñor as Dolly Parton with anchor Colin Jost, and anchor Michael Che during Weekend Update on Saturday, December 12, 2020 -- (Photo By: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Melissa Villaseñor kept viewers laughing thanks to her spot-on Dolly Parton impression during a recent Saturday Night Live episode. 

During the popular Weekend Update segment, Villaseñor appeared dressed as the queen of country music to discuss the holiday season.

In addition to the form-fitting white dress and blonde wig, Villaseñor aced the impression throughout the sketch.

When Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost asked if she was trying to get her Parton impersonation on the show by dressing up as the country icon, Villaseñor replied, “What? No. This is my special Christmas outfit. And these (pointing to her chest) are my regular big old things. I’m here to talk about Christmas.” 

Villaseñor Puts a Spin on Dolly Parton’s Classics

Villaseñor sang some classic Christmas songs, including “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Jingle Bells.” She kept the impersonation going, singing eerily similar to Dolly Parton using her iconic country twang.

Transforming “Jingle Bells” into a holiday-style rendition of Parton’s “Jolene,” the comedian put her own twist on the classic tunes. The SNL star’s uncanny ability to match Parton’s look as well as her voice makes us wonder if the real Dolly Parton actually appeared on the SNL set. 

After Jost urged Villaseñor to describe her desire to play Parton, Villaseñor ended her impression. “Okay, fine, yeah, I want to be Dolly. Who doesn’t? She’s the coolest. She’s a great singer. She writes her own songs. She donated a million dollars to the COVID vaccine,” she said. 

“Plus, there was a news story this week that she saved a kid from getting hit by a car, which made me mad because I was speeding up to hit him.” She added, chuckling, “I’m kidding.” 

Villaseñor ended the segment by putting a spin on Parton’s hit, “9 to 5,” in which she hilariously described the song as one of her favorite hymns she listens to at midnight mass for Christmas. 

The SNL star was correct about Parton’s efforts to help with the pandemic. In mid-November, Parton helped fund the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. She also raised money for vaccine trials when she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.