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‘SNL’ Set To Cast At Least One Black Female

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A change gon’ come!

It’s been five years since a Black women has been apart of the Saturday Night Live cast and that little fact has not gone unnoticed. Many have voiced their issues with SNL‘s lack of love for African-American comediennes and the NBC show looks like their making amends.

SNL creator, Lorne Michaels, told The New York Times, that he plans to audition 7-8 Black women in NY on Monday in hopes of having at least one (with the slight possibility of two) join the show in January Deadline, posted a list of women they believe are in contention for the highly sought after spot.

Bresha Webb, whose photo from the Los Angeles audition posted online brought to light SNL‘s casting plans; improv player Tanisha Long, cast member of MTV’s Girl Code; Misty Monroe, who comes out of Groundlings; Gabrielle Dennis, who recurred on BET’s The Game; and Amber Ruffin, member of Boom Chicago, an Amsterdam-based sketch group; actress-comedian Leslie Jones. Also possibly testing are UCB Theatre performers Sasheer Zamata, whose name had been floated as a suitable SNL candidate before, and Natasha Rothwell, who previously won an NBC Universal Diversity Scholarship; as well as Briana KC.

Just a couple of months ago, SNL vet Kenan Thompson caught flack for saying that there weren’t any quality Black comediennes to fill the void. “It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Looks like he might be eating his words soon!

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