‘SNL’ Makes a Serious Move to Finally Get a Black Female Cast Member

The sketch show hosts a secret audition for women of color. Hear that Kenan?

Saturday Night Live has been in the doghouse lately for its lack of a black female cast member (its only had three during its 38-year run. The last black woman on the cast, Maya Rudolph, left in 2007). The show poked fun at the elephant on stage in a self-referential Kerry Washington sketch earlier this season, but it looks like Lorne Michaels is finally on the case, according to actress Bresha Webb, who said she auditioned along with a group of other black comedians in a last-minute Los Angeles showcase last week. Does this mean Jay Pharoah’s Barack will soon have a Michelle? Or that Oprah will be reprised? Or maybe even Beyonce will make an appearance? Lornes confirmed that it does, and has promised to put a ring on it in time for January shows.

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