SNL Takes Us BLACK to the Future

I never thought we would see the day when SNL considered itself newsworthy enough to parody. As usual, nothing. The clever piece showed some nerve, though the lines were infused with an uncomfortable tension. That visceral unease is precisely why the bit was so exciting to watch. And it worked, on the network level, at least: the episode gave the show its highest ratings all season. Never mind that this episode was the best of the season so far. Never mind the fact that the lineup contained no true weak links and gave Jay Pharoah a chance to finally earn his keep in the cast. Yes, never mind the comedy… the story here for too many of us is that SNL is trying to get away with something.

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I get why you wanted to do this cold opening, but I haaate under-planned endings. Pffft, white people. It makes less sense 20 years later. Honestly, Leah had the first pick and she used it well. And after that announcement it was back to our usual success in predicting.

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By Daily Mail Reporter. When Kerry Washington hosted Saturday Night Live this week, she became the only black actress on set – working with a cast that has been recently criticized as being almost entirely white and male. Washington didn’t hesitate to point out this lack of diversity – opening the show with a sketch in which she scrambled to play Michelle Obama, Oprah and Beyonce in a single scene.

She wryly noted that she was the only one on set qualified to play any woman of color. The show’s writers also acknowledged this deficiency. During her second wardrobe change, a message scrolled: ‘The Producers at “Saturday Night Live” would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight.

Scroll down for video. Costume change: The year-old then slipped into an Oprah Winfrey impersonation. While the year-old actress was off stage, the show trucked out six different versions of actor Matthew McConaughey – underscoring just how many white men Saturday Night Live has to choose from on its cast. Shortly after her arrival, an aide enters, saying Oprah Winfrey had arrived for the dinner and wanted to see the president.

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Prior to the start of the season, a large number of cast changes occurred. In addition, featured player Tim Robinson left the cast to focus on his new duties in the writing staff, becoming the first performer to join the writing staff after being a cast member without initially being hired as a writer. Mooney auditioned for the show in for the previous season. O’Brien had written for the show since and was the first writer to be upgraded into the cast since Jason Sudeikis in Meyers remained Weekend Update anchor up until his departure from the show on February 1,

It’s very hard to let Saturday Night Live have its cake and eat it too. I can’t fault the show for opening as it did tonight. A bit of a furor had built up.

Kerry Washington is the host this week, and the cold open revolved around her having to play every black woman in the news. Everyone knows the show has a problem, and everyone knows that SNL has never been the best at changing course quickly. It also barely leaned on any of the new cast members. But at the same time, so far the show has not really convinced me that it absolutely needed to hire all of these guys. When those six Matthew McConaugheys walked in to the cold open, it was a great sight gag, but also a telling one.

Okay, okay, this is a sketch comedy show, on to the jokes. Kerry Washington did a great job tonight! Again, Washington was the standout, nailing every one of her cues in an extremely well-edited digital short. This was a very, very strong run of sketches to start the show.

‘SNL’ skit with Kerry Washington pokes fun at show’s lack of black women on cast (video)

Posted by Sean L. If you thought the timing of casting Kerry Washington as guest host of Saturday Night Live seemed suspicious when you first heard about it a couple of weeks ago, then seeing what happened live on Saturday night on NBC…wow. Just wow. By the end, he had the Rev.

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Kerry Washington kept mum about her pregnancy during Saturday Night Live , but one thing was immediately addressed — the lack of African-American women in the SNL cast. In the skit, the year-old actress played Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. When asked to exit the Oval Office to return as Beyonce by secret service Taran Killam , a voiceover came on to make an announcement, along with text on the TV screen.

Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent — and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman on the cast. Mostly the latter. As usual, nothing.

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Saturday Night Live addressed its lack of diversity on its first episode hosted by a woman of colour in almost two years. Using text scrolling onto the Nov. At least Washington came right out with a spark and energy that lasted throughout the uneven episode. Not so much. Nasim Pedrad is a Yemeni-born motivational speaker with Washington as her assistant on a high-school tour. Pedrad goes all out: the dance pelvic thrusts-galore and the accent are OK, but Washington stole the sketch as her annoyed sidekick.

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Cold Open — Kerry Washington comes out as Michelle Obama which could not be more perfect , then comes out as Oprah when Kenan Thompson refuses to do so and again, could not be more perfect , and then the voiceover announcer apologizes for the number of black women Kerry Washington will be forced to play tonight. This is a first to my knowledge.

Sure, celebrities frequently appear on the show to rehabilitate their reputations after scandals by poking fun of themselves, but here, SNL is attempting to rehabilitate its own reputation for a lack fo diversity by making fun of its lack of diversity. Will it make a difference as the actual Al Sharpton asks? But is it amusing and self aware?

Many on Twitter, it appears, disagree with me. I suppose a more cynical take is that, by making light of a serious situation, SNL is minimizing it. Unfortunately, the monologue is another too short one that ends just as it seems to warm up. Career Week Speaker — Nasim Pedra plays a Yemenese motivational speaker, who cha-chings with machine-gun audio effects. What Does My Girl Say? Basically, it turns into a great stand-up act about how annoying white people are, and it is fantastic.

Kerry Washington makes fun of lack of diversity on Saturday Night Live

On tonight’s all-new episode of ‘ Saturday Night Live ,’ Kerry Washington hosts, and with all the negative press the show has been getting recently about not featuring any black female performers, this is a highly-anticipated episode, to say the least. So how did the ‘Scandal’ star handle her first visit to the 30 Rock stage? Read on for our review of tonight’s brand new episode of ‘SNL. Oh, well here’s a way for ‘SNL’ to handle the criticisms that they don’t have a black woman on cast — it’s actually a pretty successful bit of self-aware humor, asking Kerry Washington to change from Michelle Obama to Oprah, with the scroll across the screen apologizing for the lack of a black woman on cast and assuring us they’ll add one soon “unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first”.

‘SNL’ and Kerry Washington Mock Show’s Lack of Black Women (Video). The host is forced to impersonate both Michelle Obama and Oprah.

While those things are all good, I think there was an important message that was communicated delivered between Saturday and Sunday, the message being that black women need to define themselves in the media. Like many, I was looking forward to seeing Washington take on sketch comedy over her weekly role as Ms.

But who would play Oprah? The one black woman currently on screen of course! We make these requests because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent — and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman on the cast. Mostly the latter. We agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future, unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.

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Personally, I would’ve been happy with just about anything when it came to Kerry Washington on SNL ; I was purely excited just to see her on the show. But about a third of the way through, my husband turned to me and said, “She’s good. Great writing and cast-acting can save a show with a bad host; a mediocre one barely registers. But a host so on top of her game that you have to pause the TiVo to acknowledge her killing it—that’s rare.

Kerry handled SNL like Olivia Pope handles a senator’s extramarital sexcapades, which is to say: with confidence, exuding the vibe that she’d done this a hundred times before, and in 90 minutes flat. For me, the best moments were:.

Host Kerry Washington opens the show by fixing embarrassing problems for SNL cast members (Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, Kenan Thompson) just like.

With Kerry Washington as guest host, “Saturday Night Live” wasted no time poking fun at itself after receiving criticism for having no black women among its 16 regular cast members. In the opening skit, the “Scandal” actress portrayed first lady Michelle Obama, talking with her husband about an upcoming state dinner at the White House. An aide came in, saying Oprah Winfrey had arrived for the dinner and wanted to see the president. She wondered whether cast member Kenan Thompson couldn’t play Winfrey; both Thompson and Pharoah have said recently they will no longer impersonate women on the NBC late-night comedy institution.

Washington left the stage and returned as Winfrey. She was then asked to portray Beyonce — before show producer Steve Higgins interrupted with a voiceover. Higgins said producers would like to apologize to Washington for the number of black women she would be asked to play in the show. The show has had four black women among its regular cast since coming on the air in with the last one, biracial Maya Rudolph, leaving in To drive the point home in the skit, the presidential aide announced that six different Matthew McConaugheys were there to attend the state dinner — and six different white male cast members trooped in dressed as the actor.

He then delivered the show’s traditional opening line of “live from New York, it’s Saturday night. During the show, Washington portrayed a gum-chewing assistant to a career counselor, a political science professor discussing her unwavering support for Obama, Miss Uganda in a beauty pageant, a game show host, a teacher at the dunk tank in a school carnival and an year-old contestant in an MTV dating game. She also joked about “Scandal” co-star Tony Goldwyn, saying that she was “proud to be on a show that has the courage to cast a white man as president” in Washington’s hosting gig comes just days after pregnancy reports surfaced.

Although she has yet to release a statement, multiple reports say that Washington is expecting her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha.

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Not only was it great to see SNL start off this week by addressing this problem, but it also brought about one of the best hosts this year in Washington. The aforementioned skit referenced just how difficult a position SNL has created for themselves, as in a Obama state dinner sketch, Washington would have to play Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce.

As usual, nothing. This week she plays Heshie, a moderately successful person from Yemen who has become a motivational speaker. She has the help of her son doing sound effects and Washington as her assistant. After was Miss Universe Moscow , where new countries were competing, such as Miss Moldova, who thought she had already won; Miss Bolivia, who has a nose covered in cocaine, and Mrs.

Kerry Washington pokes fun at Saturday Night Live’s lack of diversity as intelligent contestant on an MTV dating show called Date Or Diss.

This article is from the archive of our partner. So, to say Washington’s position as host was important for the show would be an understatement. A massive casting exodus over the last two season left the show vulnerable — Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis left, following Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg’s departure the previous season. SNL lost its five biggest names over the course of two seasons.

So this year was meant to signal a new start, a refresh, with young performers finally grabbing onto the spotlight and new faces filling the holes. So producer Lorne Michaels set out to hire new performers this summer, and many noticed the new performers had one thing in common when their names were announced. On a show that has been historically criticized for its lack of diversity, on a cast dangerously low in color to begin with, the new performers turned out to be five white men and one white woman.

This didn’t sit well with current feature performer Jay Pharoah, who let his feelings known during an interview with the Grio.

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