Saturday Night Live overlord Lorne Michaels reportedly set up a stealth audition for potential black, female cast members amid a clamoring from the Internet that NBC's long-running sketch comedy show had a diversity problem. The cry to add a black comedienne to the cast grew louder in 2013 as SNL replaced four departing cast members with a host of white talent.
Now, Gothamist has unearthed information regarding a secret audition Michaels threw together in Los Angeles while reportedly exploring the possibility of diversifying the cast.
Actress Bresha Webb told the Jasmine BRAND about the showcase, which was held at LA's Groundlings Theater: "The audition came about from an inside source from SNL. I don't think any of us had a clue about the showcase until two days prior. It was an awesome opportunity even though it was such a short notice but, if you stay ready you ain't gotta get ready and we were READY! Lol But we were all honored to be selected." [Gothamist]