Jay Pharaoh Thinks Darmirra Brunson Should be on SNL
4:45 pm, October 2nd | by Colette McIntyre
Oprah’s (transformative) interview with Lindsay Lohan and that one time my mother forced me to watch Iyanla: Fix My Life while holding her hand notwithstanding, I haven’t been keeping up with the OWNses, and while I hate to be presumptuous, I’m going to go ahead and say that you haven’t been keeping up with the network either. Well, according to Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharaoh, we’ve been missing out on comedy’s next star. In an interview with theGrio, Phaorah endorsed Love Thy Neighbor actress Darmirra Brunson as the ideal SNL cast member.
As the Internet has consistently noted, Saturday Night Live has a diversity problem. Ever since Maya Rudolph’s departure in 2007, there hasn’t been any Black female cast members or featured players on SNL. Before entering its 39th season, the show added a whopping six new performers to its lineup, all of whom are white. Only one is a woman. This is how Pharaoh, one of the two — two — Black members of the 16-person cast, weighed in on the issue:
They need to pay attention. Her name is Darmirra Brunson…Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year.
It’s one of those things that’s hard. Some people choke up. Some people burn their bridges by saying things they shouldn’t say either. You just have to be very political about your delivery, what you say, and your performance. You’ve got to be on point. Everybody has to like you and want you to win. If they don’t like you, it’s a wrap.
Like Pharaoh, Brunson created her own buzz by creating and starring in a slew of smart, character-based web videos. In 2012, she won Tyler Perry’s talent search contest and now stars in the director’s OWN series Love Thy Neighbor. I hope Lorne Michaels takes Pharaoh’s suggestion into consideration: Brunson is the only comedian I know with a Beyonce impression on par with Pharaoh’s Jay Z. THAT SKIT WRITES ITSELF!