Kenan Thompson Says Black Women Are Not Funny

Kenan Thompson Says Black Women Are Not Funny

Kenan Thompson says black women have no place in comedy and that the reason there are no black women on “Saturday Night Live” is because they are mostly not funny. This, despite what appears to be a promising new group of cast members, and thanks to a lack of black female leads.

In fact, this season introduced us to six new “Not Ready For Primetime Players.”  Out of the six, five were male, one was female, and every one of them were white.

The show, now in its 39th season, has actually not cast a black woman in six years.  In an interview with TV Guide, Thompson claims that it’s because there just aren’t enough black women who are funny.  He says that it’s a particularly tough part of the comedy business.  Lots of black women are auditioning but they can’t find ones that are actually ready.

Thompson himself has ended up having to play the part of black women, such as Jennifer Hudson and Maya Angelou, on many occasions.  Now that he has left the show the only other minorities around are female cast mate Nasim Pedrad (who is actually Iranian) and Jay Pharoah.  When asked what was going to happen this year when trying to portray black women on the show Thompson says that it’s up to Pharoah, and even he doesn’t want the job!

Saturday Night Live has been lacking female black comediennes since 2007 when (seriously funny) Maya Rudolph took her leave.  Before that there have only been three other black women in the cast.  Ellen Cleghorne, cast member from 1991-1995, the late Danitra Vance, cast member during the 1985-1986 season, and Yvonne Hudson, who only made it half way through the 1980-1981 season before being fired.

And it would appear that this also applies to those who host the show.  Since Season 35 over 90 episodes have aired.  Out of this only two black women (Gabourey Sidibe in April of 2010 and Maya Rudolph in February of 2012) have shared hosting duties.  And during this time frame Miley Cyrus has hosted the show two times.  She is neither funny nor is she black.

Back in early October current cast mate Jay Pharoah gave an interview to The Grio about how shamefully ignorant SNL is when it comes to diversity.  Pharoah saying that they really need to pay attention to the issue.  He says that he even gave Producers a suggestion as to who he thought would be perfect for the show.  A talented black comedian named Damirra Bruson; claiming that Bruson is amazing and suggesting that they follow up with her.  Since casting for the 2013-2014 season is well over it would suggest that they did not.

 Kenan Thompson says black women are not funny and his stance is a bit weak, and a bit safe considering he is no longer on the show.  It is hard to believe that in the year 2013 Lorne Michaels can’t find one funny black woman to cast on his show.  The next Maya Rudolph may be out there somewhere!  And its his job to go and find her.

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9 Responses to "Kenan Thompson Says Black Women Are Not Funny"

  1. Donnie   June 16, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I do not think so, who says black women are not funny, maybe they are not your cakes, but it does not mean these black women are not the love in other peoples eyes. There are many online interracial dating sites who aims at building the relationship between white men and black women. right?

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  2. eric   October 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Really? I’m a bully? For pointing out that the title of the article is a blatant lie and misquote? And that this sentence is, as well:

    Kenan Thompson says black women have no place in comedy and that the reason there are no black women on “Saturday Night Live” is because they are mostly not funny.

    That is not at all what he said, that is the author’s interpretation of what he said… and the author fails to use his actual quote, which is exactly why I put it in my previous comment.

    “Kenan Thomspon said that black women comics are “NOT READY” for SNL. What, exactly, do you think that means? What is SNL? SNL is a comedy show. Therefore, it means that black female comics are NOT FUNNY enough to be on the show.”

    Uh… where in journalism school did they teach you to base articles on therefores and sketchily drawn opinions? What do I think it means? Well, that part is up to me, as a reader, to form an opinion on, after I have been presented with the facts. Which, in this article, the reader has not been presented with. It is an inflammatory piece that fails to use Kenan’s actual quote.

    The only bullying here is the author’s manipulation of hot-button issues to get attention, and by doing so, inserting a statement in a man’s mouth that he never said. What did he mean by it? Does he ACTUALLY think black women aren’t funny? I don’t know, I don’t know the guy, but I do know that he NEVER said black women aren’t funny, he NEVER said black women have no place in comedy, his statement DOES NOT state that black women aren’t funny enough, he said that in auditions, the producers have not found someone ready. “Not ready” for SNL does not mean “not funny”. SNL is sketch, it is filmed live, and on a tight schedule, and requires heavy weekly writing, there is a lot more nuance than that.

    Now please, next time you want to make an argument, actually form one first.

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  3. Jillian Green (@Jilliangrin)   October 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Watch Kenan Thompson’s apology here: http://youtu.be/psiAIrFF6qQ

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  4. Rebecca Savastio   October 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    @Eric: Kenan Thomspon said that black women comics are “NOT READY” for SNL. What, exactly, do you think that means? What is SNL? SNL is a comedy show. Therefore, it means that black female comics are NOT FUNNY enough to be on the show. I find it unbelievable how people come on here and throw around SERIOUS accusations like “lying” and “plagiarism.” Unbelievable. If you don’t like it, here are the steps you can take. 1. Get hired by a newspaper. 2. Write your own article. 3. Hope your readers have the common decency to treat you with basic respect. You’re a bully, nothing more.

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  5. Rebecca Savastio   October 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    @Doug Hildemann: This entire piece was checked on Copyscape prior to publication and there were ZERO results. You need to think before you accuse someone of plagiarism. That is a very, very serious accusation and not one we take lightly here at the Guardian Express. There is nothing copied in this article whatsoever. How dare you come on here and accuse one of our writers of plagiarism? You are not welcome here.

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  6. Byron   October 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Kenan Thompson is still on SNL…

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  7. Doug Hildemann   October 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Kenan never said black women have no place in comedy. You are a liar. Also, you’re a plagiarist. You take entire sections of other people’s work and copy and paste them into your story. Untalented hack.

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  8. eric   October 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    The title of this article is a blatant lie. So is the opening sentence. That isn’t what he said at all, what he said was:

    “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson says. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”

    That statement does not equal “black women aren’t funny”, or “black women have no place in comedy”.

    Jesus. This is content-crush hack journalism at its worst. Report the information, accurately, it’s up to the reader to form an opinion about it. Don’t just push people’s buttons and manipulate facts in a desperate plea for traffic.

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  9. Jay   October 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    The American media teaches us that its the Republicans who are engaging in the War on Women. Who woulda thought that it was Left-wing 1 percenter Lorne Michaels?

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