SNL Held an Audition Exclusively for Black Female Comedians
4:07 pm, December 12th | by Colette McIntyre
Guys, something transformative has occurred: we got upset about something and someone listened! Someone listened and is now taking constructive steps to fix the problem! It’s like, we have the power to create change, or something! All it took was the entire Internet exploding with rage!
Last Sunday, during their week off the air, Saturday Night Live‘s producers held an audition showcase exclusively for Black comedians and performers. The last minute audition was set up a source inside SNL and took place at LA’s iconic Groundlings Theatre. “They used our space but ran everything internally,” a Groundlings rep told Splitsider. The performers who tried out were not affiliated with the Groundlings but instead came from a list generated by the show.
Our Girl Code girl crush Nicole Byer, Amber Ruffin, Simone Shepherd, Tiffany Haddish, LaKendra Tookes, Bresha Webb, Ask a Slave‘s Azie Dungey, Beth Paynes, Misty Monroe, and Gabrielle Dennis were all invited to audition. Also present at the showcase was Damirra Brunson, the actress and YouTube star who earned SNL cast member Jay Pharaoh’s endorsement earlier this year. “Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented,” Pharaoh said in an interview. “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.”
We’re incredibly relieved that the show’s producers are doing more to address SNL‘s lack of diversity than just trotting out some winking, faux-apologetic sketch. Hopefully midseason SNL will bring us the first Black female cast member since Maya Rudolph’s departure in 2007 and will be free of cross-dressed Kenan Thompson. That guy really can’t pull off a wig….