Nobody freak out, but Saturday Night Live may have taken a step in the right direction as far as diversifying the cast — and more specifically, finally getting a black woman on the show.
It’s been an embarrassingly long time now that Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah have had to do drag anytime that the show wants to parody an African-American woman, and it happens so often that Kenan actually put his foot down and said he won’t do it anymore. Which is well within his rights, considering there are plenty of living, breathing female comedians walking around outside who would be psyched to get cast on SNL. Something that Jay knows better than anyone, as he’s made himself an unofficial champion of getting a black woman on the show.
And finally, finally, after hiring six new featured players, all of them white, and lampooning themselves on multiple episodes, like the one where Kerry Washington was begging in a sketch for no more black female characters because she knew she was gonna have to play all of them, they’re heading in a good direction. According to Gothamist, a secret private showcase was held at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. Bresha Webb, an area actress, was invited and had this to say:
“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.”
It’s unfortunate that it was kind of a last-minute thing, so people didn’t have time to prepare, but Bresha is correct that you have to be on your game all the time and stay ready. Just as ready as the rest of us are to get some more diversity on the show. Zing.