Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson on SNL’s Lack of Black Comediennes

The comedian says that Saturday Night Live doesn't try hard enough to find talented Black women

by #teamEBONY, October 15, 2013

Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson

When Saturday Night Live announced this season's six new cast members, many were shocked to see that the sketch comedy show would be devoid of a Black female cast member for the sixth year in a row. In a world where we have a Black First Lady and pop culture is defined by Scandal, Rihanna, Oprah, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce, this is beyond absurd. It's downright embarrassing. And after years of portraying seemingly every Black female celebrity from Mo'Nique, Maya Angelou and Jennifer Hudson, Kenan Thompson has finally thrown in the cross-dressing towel.

When asked what the show would do now when confronted with potential Black female characters or celebrity spoofs, Thompson told, "I don't know. We just haven't done them. That's what I'm saying. Maybe [Jay Pharaoh] will do it or something, but even he doesn't really want to do it."

"It's just a tough part of the business," Thompson says. "Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready."

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