If the reports are true, a new Black woman will soon join the cast of “Saturday Night Live!”
According to the Jasmine Brand, the NBC sketch comedy show recently held a secret addition for African-American comediennes in Los Angeles. Actress Bresha Webb was one of the lucky ladies in attendance, and since there’s only been four Black female cast members in SNL’s 38-year history, she said it was an honor to be there.
“The audition came about from an inside source from SNL,” she revealed. “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!”
Despite Kenan Thompson’s remark that Black comediennes aren’t “ready,” Webb said she was prepared to auction last summer but scheduled conflicts got in her way.
“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,” she said.
As for auction day, Webb said, “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 comedienne friends (Tiffany Haddish, Beth Payne and 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,” she told the site. “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…there hasn’t been a black woman on the show in a while, however, I’m thankful to possibly be the one they’ve been looking for. Or waiting for.”
She added, “We were all honored to be selected.”
There’s no word on who made the cut, but until the exciting news is released, enjoy this picture from the big day, below.
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