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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  • Princess Tellyy

    evrybody knows snl did this because they dont have women of color to embarrassed……

    • BIGGWIGG

      what?

      • Joseph Lane

        LOL….English…….

  • ms. lisa

    its about damn time!

  • Desiree Blessed Gordon

    i only wonder will they be doing a whole bunch of sterotypical roles?

    • BIGGWIGG

      No doubt.. those black woman can’t wait to smack their lips, roll their eyes, cheese and put on…

    • Child_Puhleez

      Ok, Dimitra Vance was, but Maya Rudolf & Ellen Cleghorne weren’t stereotypical.

  • Zettai

    Kenan just said that because half of his roles are gone if he’s not in drag.

  • Courtney Banks

    If a black woman joins the cast it’s going to be obvious she only got it because SNL was shamed into it.

    • Joseph Lane

      They will not hire someone just cause they are black. They MUST BRING IT!!

      • 70s 80s 90s SNL Lover

        But they hire plenty of whites who DON’T bring it. There hasn’t been a white dude the caliber of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dana Carvey this entire millennium (though Andy Samberg is pretty funny, and Will Ferrel had his moments). They can collectively afford the “privilege”of mediocrity.

      • Courtney Banks

        So all of these years that SNL had auditions, which I’m sure black women came too. None got through. Now that they were called out on their BS and magically a black women is now on the show. I’m not doubting she wouldn’t be funny, but c’mon

  • BIGGWIGG

    we held hands and prayed???? Prayed to who?? See that is your down fall right there…

    • Child_Puhleez

      You just showed yours. smh

      • BIGGWIGG

        Showed my what? Explain

        • Child_Puhleez

          You showed your downfall. You clearly ridiculed them for prayer [a show of faith.] God said don’t touch what’s His — erm, that includes those who believe in Him.

          You’re not a believer & that’s fine, but you don’t ever refer to someone’s faith as their “downfall,” just as you are not to be knocked for your unbelief.

          Kapish?

          • BIGGWIGG

            why are they praying? why is religion even involved in a grouping that is trying to audition for SNL? What sense does that make? Who else does that besides weak minded black women trying to join the oppressors to put on a MAMMY SHOW.

            • Child_Puhleez

              How about because they want God with them in their endeavors? That’s their RIGHT.

              The only person whose weak is people like you who have to ridicule what you don’t understand. That’s an awful lot of energy to put into something you supposedly don’t believe in, don’t you think???

              And, DON’T go there about “oppressors.” I live in Chicago where BLACK MEN are shooting up this city and killing infants & other innocents.

              Let me guess, it’s whitey’s fault these dumb cockroach knee-grows are picking up guns? GTHOHWTBS

              • BIGGWIGG

                okay, this is going to continue to go around in circles , so I will step along with my views and leave you to bask in the sun with yours.. Enjoy the heat. 🙂

                • Child_Puhleez

                  Enjoy yourself, as well. 🙂

            • Joseph Lane

              Entertainers routinely PRAY to whoever they worship before and sometimes after performances. The arts are a spiritual journey for many artists! Maybe this is something you just didn’t know or understand. The road is rough and some faith of whatever ilk one prefers is beneficial!!

              • BIGGWIGG

                I can understand what you are saying .

    • Dazed but mostly confused

      Dang son you mad, if you don’t dig it why does it matter?

      • BIGGWIGG

        If you don’t dig what I say why does it matter? See how that works..

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    THey took too darn long to do this, and the effing fact they were squeezed into makes no sense… but yea i’ll support whatever sista (hopefully sistaS) gets the spot. We gotta support one another, mainly us black women when its something like this.

  • MuscleMansWoman

    Only after the matter was made public. SMH

  • missfitts

    Simone Shepard would be great!!!

    • WhatWhy

      I knew that was her! 😀

  • Gigi

    They should have recorded it and sold it to Comedy Central. I would have paid to see this.

  • Christan-Joy Demeritt

    I commend SNL for pretty much admitting there mistake and rectifying it.

  • coolyfett

    affirmative action. good to see it.

  • Val

    SNL was shamed into doing this. Which I suppose is okay but if I were a comedienne I wouldn’t be running to a SNL audition knowing that they are only hiring me or another Black woman because they were shamed into doing so. It’s like being invited to a party after begging to be invited.

    • Gigi

      I understand your point. However, the two aren’t the same unless said party could launch your career and make you a household name.

      • Jami

        True. Had it not been for SNL, many comedians (regardless of color and/or gender) would not have had successful careers. Many of them would be nobodies

    • FromUR2UB

      Kinda.
      But, since other people did the begging on their behalf, it’s OK. I think if I chose to work in that industry, knowing that the checks can be few and far between, I’d take it. It’s an opportunity. As long as I didn’t have to sleep with somebody for it, or do something completely degrading, I would just see it as a chance to get my piece. If it were a situation in which I would spend my money, like a restaurant that hadn’t wanted to serve me, or a store that made me feel unwelcome, then never. I would never darken their doorway again.

    • Joseph Lane

      Believe it, any comedienne worth her salt WILL BE RUNNING to audition. All Hollywood, theatre, entertainment is begging to get the job. If one doesn’t understand that one should not be in show business or they better have Oprah or T. Perry skills and forge their own. And that’s easier said than done!