Azie Mira Dungey and Amani Starnes on Being Black Women in Comedy
3:49 pm, October 21st | by Colette McIntyre
We know we said we’d let Nyima Funk have the last word on all that Kenan Thompson/SNL buffoonery (and it would’ve made for an epic last word), but we couldn’t pass up the chance to share a video featuring the geniuses behind two of our favorite web series, Azie Mire Dungey and Amani Starnes.
Real-life friends Dungey and Starnes are creators, writers, and stars of two popular YouTube series — Ask a Slave and The United Colors of Amani, respectively — which tackle complex racial politics and ignorance with wit and attitude. In light of Thompson’s now-infamous Declaration of the Unreadiness of Black Women for SNL, the friends joined together to discuss what’s it’s like to be a Black female performer trapped, in Starnes’ words, “on the margins of Hollywood.” As always, Dungey and Starnes manage to confront unfortunate societal truths with humor and honesty, creating something far funnier and more important than, say, any show that began with a Coolio rap.