Diversity has been the topic for the past couple months for Saturday Night Live (SNL). The popular NBC sketch comedy show even poked fun of the issue when they featured Scandal actress Kerry Washington who played a variety of black female stars. But lately, the show has been taking its lack of diversity on the show more serious.
Last week, the show held an audition for African American comediennes and actresses which doubled as a live showcase. Amongst the bunch was comedienne/actress Bresha Webb. The Love That Girl star sat down with The Jasmine Brand where she discusses the short notice audition.
Here’s what she had to say of the audition showcase.
On Hearing About the Audition:
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.
On the showcase experience:
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 comedianne 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
On missing the opportunity last year:
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.