Opinion: Kenan Thompson vs Black Female Comics
Kenan Thompson might want to take the first of many seats.
The Interwebs are ablaze, after the comic had the nerve to tell TV Guide there are no Black female comics on “Saturday Night Live” because there are simply not too many that are “ready” for the challenge. So, according to Thompson it’s not the good ol’ boy network that is the show that admittedly spawned Eddie Murphy and briefly employed Chris Rock. It’s that there aren’t very funny female comedians.
Read the full article, but here is my favorite snippet:
Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels or the series, which currently only employs three actors of color out of 16 cast members (Thompson, Pharaoh and the Iranian Nasim Pedrad), Thompson blames the lack of quality black female comedians. “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson says. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”
Hmmm… In watching recent episodes, it seems like “Saturday Night Live” is having trouble finding funny comedians of any color and/or gender.
But I digress: I guess Mr. Thompson, who specializes in drag portrayals of Star Jones and Whoopi Goldberg, must not have been on YouTube, in a comedy club, or Black Twitter lately because I know people who outfunny his two-note arse in 140 characters or less. Or maybe, per his penchant for donning dresses, he is worried about his own job security.
At any rate, what he said was ridiculous, and it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be back pedaling.
While we wait for that: What do you think of Kenan’s statements? Is “SNL” trying hard enough to find Black female comics? Should we hold the network and the show’s feet to the fire until they do?
Hell, do you even watch “SNL” any more or care?
I would love to hear your thoughts. Please share.