SNL ad­dresses diver­sity is­sue with new mem­bers

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Satur­day Night Live plans to add one or two black fe­male per­form­ers to its cast as soon as Jan­uary. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the NBC sketch­com­edy show on Thurs­day con­firmed re­ports it’s an­swer­ing com­plaints about its lack of diver­sity by stag­ing show­cases to choose at least one black fe­male cast mem­ber and to hire her within weeks. In re­cent weeks, the show has seen two dozen can­di­dates in Los An­ge­les, Chicago and New York. The New York Times re­ported a spe­cial au­di­tion for seven or eight fi­nal­ists will be held Mon­day on the SNL stage in Man­hat­tan. It’s “100 per cent good for the show to have an African-Amer­i­can woman” in its ranks, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Lorne Michaels told the Times. Crit­i­cism for the show’s lack of diver­sity was spurred this fall by its only black cast mem­bers, Jay Pharoah and Ke­nan Thomp­son.

Lorne Michaels

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