Oliver Gettell
August 26, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Taraji P. Henson is rarely at a loss for words as the outspoken music manager Cookie Lyon on Empire, but a recently released, previously unaired Saturday Night Live sketch finds her uncharacteristically succinct on the other side of the microphone.

In the sketch, Henson is the frontwoman of a 1960s girl group called the Sparkelles, backed by Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. While performing on the Ed Sullivan-like TV program The Shebang Hour, their first song goes over great — it’s the request for an encore that complicates matters.

“It’s not like we wrote only one song,” a nervous McKinnon says.

“Yeah, and then like just spent the advance money on hairdos and convertibles,” Strong chimes in.

See how they improvise — and get a load of Henson’s pipes — in the video below.

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