SNL Reportedly Holds Secret Auditions For Black Female Cast Members [Photo]
Well all know Saturday Night Live (SNL) lacks diversity, when it comes to African American women, and they’ve been catching some heat for it some time now. But with the show receiving a season high ratings after Scandal star, Kerry Washington, hosted a episode last month (where she did a sketch poking fun at the issue) SNL producers are now singing a different tune.
In a exclusive story broken by The Jasmine Brand, Saturday Night Live apparently help a secret audition at Los Angeles improvisation and sketch comedy theater, The Groundlings. One of the the girls to audition, Bresha Webb (Love That Girl), gave a complete recap of the whole experience. Check out exerts from her interview with the Jasmine Brand.
Jasmine BRAND: We saw your photo of some hilarious black women, who were comedians and actresses, auditioning for Saturday Night Live (SNL). How did that audition come about?
Bresha Webb: 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.
Jasmine BRAND: How did you become involved?
Bresha Webb: 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.
Jasmine BRAND: What can you share about the audition?
Bresha Webb: 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 Comedian 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.
Check out the full story over on The Jasmine Brand