Jay Pharoah and I are on the same page when it comes to the cast of Saturday Night Live. I have religiously watched the show since I was 9 years old and I can count on one hand how many black actresses have been featured on SNL. SNL has never been known for its diversity and you can probably thank Lorne Michaels for that. Pharoah and Kenan Thompson are the only black cast members, but even a quick glance at the writing staff this season only reveals one black person out of twenty-three writers.
Over the last couple of seasons, SNL has had its fair share of hits and misses. With many of the funnier cast members leaving for (sometimes) greener pastures, one can only guess why the 6 newest cast members included 5 white men and 1 white woman.
So who would Jay Pharoah pick to hold the title of “SNL’s Black Woman”? In a recent interview with The Grio, Pharoah revealed his choice.
“They need to pay attention,” Pharoah tells theGrio. “Her name is Darmirra Brunson…Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year.”
Take a look at a few of Brunson’s YouTube videos:
When asked why the cast isn’t diverse, Pharoah blamed it on people burning bridges or just choking up during auditions.
“It’s one of those things that’s hard,” he recognizes. “Some people choke up. Some people burn their bridges by saying things they shouldn’t say either. You just have to be very political about your delivery, what you say, and your performance. You’ve got to be on point. Everybody has to like you and want you to win. If they don’t like you, it’s a wrap.”
Pharoah also thinks this year is his time to shine since the departure of many of the heavy weights from last season.
“There’s a big gap and void to fill,” he explains. “I believe that I will get more air time this year. It’s a very competitive environment, however I know only the strongest survive and I’m still here so that oughta say something.”
Maybe one season there will be a new black woman cast member, to go along with his President Obama skits, until then, I guess the other black guy will have to put on a dress.