Kenan Thompson: Lack Of Funny Black Female Comedians Is Reason For SNL’s Diversity Problem
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Kenan Thompson: Lack Of Funny Black Female Comedians Is Reason For SNL’s Diversity Problem


And of course, judging form the photo above, being the comedic stylist he is, who would know better than him?

No doubt you’ve heard about the recent controversy over Saturday

Night Live’s predominantly white newest cast members, and the show’s overall lack of diversity. Particularly, the lack of black women in the cast. 

Even cast member Jay Pharaoh has openly questioned SNL’s lack of black women cast members on the

show, saying that the producers “need to pay attention.

However, fellow cast member Kenan Thompson feels differently and said in a new interview with TV

Guide that the diversity problem on SNL is due to the lack of quality black female


As he says in the interview: “It’s

just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones

that are ready.

And of course being the comedy genius that he is, he

would know

But what happens if the show needs a female cast member

to impersonate someone on the show such as Michelle

Obama? Thomson responded: “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.

Yeah, it just might be possible that Pharaoh would have a

problem being in drag, playing the First Lady, wouldn’t you think?

However, Thompson thinks the new cast members on the

show have been great so far, adding: “They’re

all contributing in different ways I think. They’ve been doing great job so

far. They’re all very, very smart and talented, so that’s how it is. That’s the

kind of people I guess that get the job.

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