Thursday, December 12, 2013
Looks Like SNL Was Paying Attention To The Criticism
And yeah, I go way back to the SNL original cast in the 70's.
Rumors are flying there was a recent double secret audition held in Los Angeles for Black women only to address that problem 11-25 Black comediennes were auditioned for spots in either next season's SNL or one will be added in January, depending on what you hear or read, and yeah it's sorely needed.
Black women have a long, distinguished history in standup comedy starting with Jackie 'Moms' Mabley and continuing through to the present day with people like Marsha Warfield, Whoopi Goldberg, Kim Coles, Kim Wayans and one of the few who actually made it onto SNL in Maya Rudolph.
It mystifies me when In Living Color proved that Black comedians not only are funny, but can get ratings from mainstream audiences, that SNL didn't do so a long time ago. It's a travesty that you can count the number of Black women on one hand that SNL has had on their show in its nearly 40 year history, and hope they are on the road to expeditiously correcting that.
By the way, may also help immensely if you diversify your team of SNL writers while you're at it.