Saturday Night Live is finally looking to switch things up. After being criticized for their lack of diversity after adding six more cast members (all of which were white and had only one female), the NBC staple apparently held a secret audition for black female comedians. Actress Bresha Webb told The Jasmine Brand about the Los Angeles showcase held at Groundings Theater. “The audition came about from an inside source from SNL,” she said. “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.” Other comedians in attendance also tweeted about the casting.
— simone shepherd (@simoneshepherd) December 2, 2013
Omg I am at the Groundlings theater about to audition for #SNL please pray for me yall!
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) December 2, 2013
Cast member Kenan Thompson said back in October that black female comedians were hard to come by. ”They just never find ones that are ready,” the actor told TVGuide. Looks like SNL is ready now.