Kenan Thompson has said that he has had enough of cross-dressing to play black female characters. Over the years, the hilarious staple of Saturday Night Live has portrayed Rhianna, Jennifer Hudson, Oprah, and Maya Angelou, among others. Now he is refusing to play another woman.
He told TV Guide, when asked what “SNL” will do now when confronted with potential black female characters or celebrity spoofs, “I don’t know. We just haven’t done them. That’s what I’m saying. Maybe [Jay Pharaoh] will do it or something, but even he doesn’t really want to do it.” Thompson blames a lack of quality black female comedians. “It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”
Talented co-star Jay Pharaoh has mentioned his pick for SNL’s hopeful black female, Darmirra Brunson , who is currently on Tyler Perry ‘s “Love They Neighbor”.
“Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing,” Pharoah continued. “She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year.”
He’s pretty serious about this girl! So just who is Darmirra Brunson? She is an amazing celebrity impressionist, that’s who. In 2013, she joined the cast of the new sitcom Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor”, but that’s not the extent of it. She has own her show on Youtube, called The Darmirra Brunson Show where she performs numerous spot-on impressions of her celebrities such as Beyoncé Knowles, Wendy Williams, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Mariah Carey.
SNL would be smart to hire Darmirra, I think. but not because of the racial implications the show and it’s main man, Lorne Micheals, are facing. She is obviously an amazing talent. I mean come on! Hilarious.
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