Sistas On SNL: Saturday Night Live Holds Audition Showcase For Black Women Only

December 11, 2013  |  

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After Kenan Thompson said that there weren’t any black women on Saturday Night Live because those who auditioned weren’t “ready,” many media outlets were saying that SNL has a race problem. There are currently two black men on the show (Thompson included, and Jay Pharoah, who openly criticized the show for not employing the sistas), but diversity is far and few between otherwise. But according to TheJasmineBrand, they’re ready to make a change. Lorne Michaels and company reportedly held secret auditions last week that asked for only black comediennes. Clearly the criticism has made the folks at SNL sweat. First they asked Kerry Washington to host (bringing in some of the biggest ratings of this new season) and now this. TheJasmineBrand spoke to one of the women who was invited to audition, Bresha Webb, known for her work as Imunique on Love That Girl (TV One). She dished about what the process was like and why she’s more than ready to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live. 

On How The Audition Came About:

“The audition came about from an inside source from SNL. I don’t think any of us had a clue about the showcase until two days prior. It was an awesome opportunity even though it was such a short notice but, if you stay ready you ain’t gotta get ready and we were READY! Lol But we were all honored to be selected.”

How Her Name Was Thrown Into The Ring:

“I found out that I was on a list of funny women in the industry and there was an opportunity for me to audition for SNL last summer but, I was filming “Love that Girl” and now the opportunity has represented itself.”

What The Audition Process Was Like:

“I can share that we all entered the Groundlings theater backstage having no idea what to expect. I had no clue who was apart of the showcase. Of course my Comedienne friends (Tiffany Haddish, Beth Payne & Gabrielle Dennis) were there. And some talented ladies in sketch comedy were there that I had never met. We were all very supportive of each other and there was no sense of competition or pettiness. We were just happy that some new black women in comedy were being considered and given a shot. We even held hands prayed after the showcase. It was refreshing. The show was also sold out. It was packed to the max…there hasn’t been a black woman on the show in a while, however, I’m thankful to possibly be the one they’ve been looking for. Or waiting for.”

We’ll have to wait and see who actually makes the cut in the long run, but I know a few of these women, especially Tiffany Haddish, are absolutely hilarious and deserve a shot. But will a few more black faces of the female persuasion really make you tune into Saturday Night Live?

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