The Latest Blog Shines a Spotlight on Saturday Night Live Auditions Held Last Week to Find a Black Female Cast Member

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Marble Media LLC’s published a new blog Dec. 14 on Saturday Night Live auditions held last week to find a black female cast member. SNL Executive Producer Lorne Michaels says about 25 women auditioned in New York and Los Angeles.

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Actors at the New York audition for Saturday Night Live mug for their closeup. (Photo by Gabrielle Dennis)

"Saturday Night Live” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels has taken action to address concerns in recent months over the absence of a black female cast member on the "SNL" stage since Maya Rudolph left the show in 1997. In the latest blog from Marble Media LLC's website titled, "Saturday Night Live Holds Auditions for Black Female Cast Member," guest blogger Liz Ernst shares insight from Michaels on the unpublicized auditions, held in New York and Los Angeles the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving.

According to The New York Times, Arts and Entertainment website broke the story on the secret auditions on Dec. 12. Michaels told Times Reporter Bill Carter that the talent turn out was so impressive, the show may be adding two new cast members instead of one. Casting calls held in October narrowed the short list of candidates for the coveted comedy cast down to 25, and Michaels is enthusiastic about the prospects.

Since September, “SNL.” has been fielding increasing criticism over the absence of black female cast members, not only since Rudolph’s departure but throughout the show's 38-year history. Comments from two of the show’s black male cast members, Jay Pharaoh and Kenan Thompson, triggered plans to hold auditions when Thompson told Michaels he was tired of dressing in drag to play female roles in every skit that called for a black woman.

Michaels explains that the lack of diversity in the “SNL” cast is nothing more than the results of his process for choosing actors, which he claims is based purely on talent. However, critics point out that there is no shortage of comedic talent in the female African American community.

Michaels says he was impressed with two comedians he saw performing in Chicago this past fall, but when they were brought to New York to audition, their talent didn’t translate well on stage.

“We’re all about talent,” Michaels told Carter.

Michaels stopped short of crediting the decision to hold auditions on the growing clamor to fill this void in his cast, but he did concede that it was “100 percent good for the show to have an African-American woman” in the troupe.

The new cast member (or possibly members) will debut in January.

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