Earlier this month, in an interview with The Grio, Jay Pharoah, one of three “people of color” on Saturday Night Live spoke out about how he would love to see a black woman as part of the almost lily white cast. Pharoah even suggested who he would pick if he had his choice.
“They need to pay attention,” Pharoah tells theGrio. “Her name is Darmirra Brunson…Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year.”
Pharoah knows that funny black women exist. But let Kenan Thompson, you know the chubby one from Kenan & Kel, tell it, there’s a lack of black female comics. Yeah, he basically inserted his fat foot into his mouth.
In a recent interview with TV Guide, Thompson removes all blame for Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of SNL and solely places the blame on the lack of quality when it comes to black female comediennes.
“It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson says. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”
As I stated in the previous piece about SNL’s lack of diversity when it comes to black women, there have only been four in the series’ history: Yvonne Hudson, Danitra Vance, Ellen Cleghorne and Maya Rudolph. But of course there are those readers who’ll holler, “Well Maya ain’t black tho”, yeah, yeah , yeah, don’t throw your own identity issues on someone else. OK?
First, once Thompson realizes that there’s a plethora of black comediennes out there, maybe he’ll actually realize the reason they’re not on the show is because of Lorne Michaels. Maybe Pharoah can do him a solid and introduce him to a couple.
Secondly, Kel is a lot funnier.