Comic Laughs: Are Black Women Ready For Comedy?

21 Oct

Kenan Thompson thinks that black female comedians are not funny enough for SNL according to an interview he did for TV Guide.

The actress that he says he would like to see on the show is Darmirra Brunson.

Which Black comediennes would you like to see on the show and do you think Thompson is justified in his answer that black comediennes are never ready?

17 Responses to “Comic Laughs: Are Black Women Ready For Comedy?”

  1. Open Book October 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM #

    It’s sad SNL can’t find any Black female comedians. I find it really hard to believe especially after watching Damirra that there are none out there? Come on! Truthfully, its fun to watch comedians grow on SNL. Not all SNL comedians started out being funny.

    • littlebells October 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM #

      I agree. As for SNL this season, it looks promising, but I wish there was a bit more diversity.

      Paris & OB,
      I’ve been living under a rock: who are some eligible, well qualified AA comedians?

      • Open Book October 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM #

        Hi LB!

        Nice to see u 🙂

      • Open Book October 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM #


        Here are some comics that I know of.

        Jessica Williams, Ali Wong, Apama Nancherla, and Issa Rae.

        Jessica is on the Daily Show—jessica-williams

        • Open Book October 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM #

          Ali Wong is not AA but Asian’s are also left out of the pool.

          • Open Book October 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM #

            LB- I apologize for posting this I just listened to it. 🙂 I typically don’t go for low-brow humor but I could not find another example of her work.

        • Open Book October 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM #

          Here is Apama Nanchera again not AA but a minority just the same.

        • Open Book October 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM #

          Here is Issa Rae

  2. Open Book October 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM #


    I’m so glad u brought up this topic. What interested u in writing about this topic?

  3. Open Book October 22, 2013 at 5:58 PM #


    Do u think this criticism about black female comics by Kenan was good for opening up the dialogue about this issue?

  4. Open Book October 22, 2013 at 6:02 PM #


    I’ve read the reason that there are no black female comics because Improv training is expensive. Are there less expensive ways to get improv training?

  5. ozzie20 October 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

    Damn did I miss everyone! 🙂 Very interesting topic OB! Darmirra Brunson is very funny Hopefully now that people are pointing it out they’ll hire her or another actress who wants the job. Hopefully…. *crosses fingers*

    • littlebells October 23, 2013 at 5:08 PM #

      OZZIE!!!!!!!!!! I’VE MISSED YOU!!!!!!

      • Open Book October 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM #

        I second that! 🙂

    • Open Book October 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM #

      Hi Ozzie!

      Hahaha! I love your response but it was an open discussion so u did not miss anything. Also, Paris get’s all the credit for choosing this great topic not I 🙂

  6. Comic Relief November 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM #

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! We probably won’t see a lot more of this either!!!!!!

    Thanks Paris.

  7. comicrelief2 November 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM #

    If the previous comments have not already made this clear, we should hold Lorne Michael’s responsible for the limited airtime of comedy that should entertain black women of this largely US broadcast television show. Keenan is an employee of the program and can’t be expected to extend himself too far if he wants to retain a visible position on the program. Sorry Paris I’m going to be long winded, honestly I’ll try to be brief.

    Why should anyone cater to African American women, this largely poor ethnic group of the United States of America?

    Though it is true that this ethnic participant is not a descendent of the colonial powers (English, French, Dutch, and Spanish) that confiscated these shores or does she hail from any of the original ethnic groups that already populated this country. She did play an unusually powerful role in populating these shores with the descendents of her own ethnic group(s) and those of the aggressive colonial powers who forced themselves upon her.

    But you don’t have to have PH.D in history, economics, or politics to understand many of this countries worst contradictions. When a country that was one of the world’s poorest countries in 1650 becomes an economic world power in 1920 something unprecedented happened. The US became competitive with countries that were economically powerful centuries prior. Slavery or 400 years of US compulsory free labor doesn’t fully explain that transformation.

    Still an extremely large part of the current population, as substantial a role as she played in the growth of the country, I agree it isn’t too much to guarantee that she’s respectfully entertained by SNL.

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