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Three Funny Women-Of-Color Who Are Ready For A Stage Like ‘SNL’

Three Funny Women-Of-Color Who Are Ready For A Stage Like 'SNL'

the recent conversation regarding whether or not Saturday Night Live player Kenan Thompson is correct in his assertion that women-of-color are absent from that show’s cast due to their unreadiness in auditions, I thought I’d revisit a post from last year that highlighted the talents of several funny women-of-color who are indeed ready for primetime.

I think it’s time for funny women like Claudia M. Wallace, Leslie “Big Les” Jones, and Anjelah Johnson to get a shot at making us laugh on a grander stage like SNL’s.

Claudia M. Wallace

She’s an alum of the famed Second City comedy troupe who has had small roles in films and TV shows such as Nothing Like The Holidays and Hung.

Leslie “Big Les” Jones

She’s a veteran stand-up comic who has appeared in films such as Russ Parr’s Something Like A Business, and whose debut stand-up DVD, Problem Child, will have you rolling.

Anjelah Johnson

This Latina– a former NFL cheerleader– had a brief, but memorable, run on FOX’s MADtv, and has produced a hilarious stand-up DVD titled That’s How We Do It!

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Good call on Leslie Jones being a good fit at SNL. Hopefully she'll get some time in front of the camera, too. Anjelah Johnson would be great, too, but I guess no MADtv alums allowed.


Youtube "Sharaé Nikai Acting Reel". Another Afr-Amer female comedic actress on the rise.


How did this get turned into a "women of color" conversation? Kenan specifically bashed black women and threw them under the bus, not "women of color". And the black women featured are way too seasoned to be on SNL anyway. If this specific racio-misogyny is going to be used as a template, then at least give black women the respect to not conflate this into including non-black women in the conversation. Ms. Wilson gave a very nuanced interview where she eliminated herself from consideration to working on SNL and stated if Lorne Michaels was having a problem with the women auditioning that was a separate issue from any claims that there weren't any funny and qualified black women potential cast members.

Sharon Ball

These ladies are the funniest comedienne's I've heard in a longtime. As for the SNL comment regarding lack of women of color representation, truth is SNL lacks funny comedians period, male or female, black, brown, or white. SNL hasn't been funny in a very long time. I'ts like one of those old bars in your neighbor that use to pack them in back in the day, you'd miss it if were gone but you don't plan on ever going while it's still open.


Ever since I saw Skye Townsend's Beyonce video I thought, if given the chance, she could breath some new life into SNL.


Debra Wilson. She convinced me that MadTV was always the better show. She could run circles around many of the SNL cast. End of story.


WTF is y'all doing? You repurpose an old article and import the old comments, rendering many of them off-topic? That's really, really weird.

Aaantyways, Angela Yarbrough, Robin Thede, and Nikea Gamby-Turner (in that order) of sketch troupe Elite Delta Force 3 are ready and MadTV alumna Danielle Gaither (of the Groundlings' The Black Version) and Nicole Randall Johnson would light that shit up.


I LOVE Big Les!! She is so funny! I still think Debra Wilson is one of the best sketch artists around.

CalArtian citizen

Not to mention Bresha Webb killing it on Love That Girl!
She's also a CalArts alum.

CalArtian Citizen

Brilliant writer of her one woman show 'The Morning Aftershow" that premiered in LA last year.
She's Kanye West, RuPaul and Sandra Bernhard mashed together. Also was a cast member on the new In Living Color. Check into her!

bohemian princess

I was about to throw Gina Yashere's hat in the ring but I noticed someone already did from last year. She's not American but I personally think she's funnier than all these women and doesn't necessarily go for the low hanging fruit when it comes to jokes.


Claudia Wallace is hilarious. LMAO!@!! Big Bad Love should be a series for sure! She cracks me up


Not enough people know about Leslie Jones! She. Is. Incredible!


god is this what aa women call comedy it was distasteful. Gina yashere -a brit is really good, funny and NOT sterotypical apparently shes doing well over here.

Monique A. Williams

These play on stereotypes, so I'm not so hung ho about them getting their own vehicles. That Second City clip tho had me laughing out loud.

And Bon Qui Qui's music video is no less ridiculous than the music out right now. Fits right into the landscape.


I love anjelah Johnson. I never saw this video. Too cute


Bon Qui Qui is hilarious.


I would like to see a black comedienne in her own show not depending on played out stereotypes to be appealing to the mainstream..the last actress (with her own show) I can think of who did goofy, funny character work well was Raven-Symone.


Trying to decide if I was insulted by BIG BAD LOVE. What the hell – that sh*t was funny LOL.
Good luck to ladies here.

Miles Ellison

I don't think Leslie Jones is all that funny, but she's a comic genius compared to Whitney Cummings and Chelsea Handler. They're hot garbage.


The studio behind Mindy Kaling's untitled comedy pilot is Universal, as in NBC Universal. Just because the show would air on Fox doesn't mean her parent company has completely abandoned her. I like Michelle Wallace, but am not as big on the other two comediennes. I would actually love to see Retta (of Parks & Rec) and writer/performer Angela Yarbrough (of Elite Delta Force 3, The Message, & co-writer of that Wayne Brady/Crispus Attucks vid) in their own vehicles; I love their senses of humor.


I'm not too shocked by NBC. They seem to be both diverse but not at the same time. I don't get the "Whitney" show. "Community" has to go the way of the samurai while "Whitney" lives on. Even the "Out Sourced" show didn't survive and that played to the multi-cultural/colorfulness that NBC has been pretty good with displaying in their series. But then again that show all around sucked and I digress. There are plenty African-American/Black comediennes that I would love to see have their own show; heck, their own stand-up shows (where you at Comedy Central?), but it's not happening for whatever reason. I yearn for the days of "Living Single", "Half & Half", "Girlfriends". There was an obvious audience for those shows and those women represented dramatically and comedically quite well. Thanks for the post. I'll have to review some of these clips later.


Good article Emmanuel. I always wonder what other comedic actresses of color are out there. I'm somewhat shocked that NBC didn't at least greenlight a pilot with Mindy Kaling.

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