‘SNL’ hopeful spoofs CNN commentator

‘SNL’ hopeful spoofs CNN commentator


>>>THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD WAS ABUZZ THIS WEEK WITH NEWS THAT “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” HAD HIRED ITS FIRST BLACK FEMALE CAST MEMBER IN MORE THAN SIX YEARS. AFTER AUDITIONING ABOUT 25 WOMEN IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, 27-YEAR-OLD SASHIR ZUMEDA WAS AWARDED THE COVETED SPOT ON THE SHOW. IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY SNL WILL ALSO BE ADDING TWO BLACK FEMALE WRIERTS. LAKENDRA TUKS AND LESLIE JONES. WE WERE CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO LAND A JOB ON SNL. EARLIER WE HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH ONE OF THE OTHER WOMEN WHO AUDITIONED, ACTRESS AND COMEDIAN SEIMONE SHEPHERD. >>THE L.A. AUDITION WAS EXCELLENT. WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT WE WERE GOING FOR. ALL WE HEARD WAS SNL AND BLACK GIRL AND WE JUST SHOWED UP AND DID OUR BEST WORK. >>WHAT DID YOU DO?>>THAT WAS ALL WE DID. I DID A BUNCH OF CHARACTERS. I DID DONNA BRAZIL. I DID — I EVEN DID SUSAN RICE. I DID BEYONCE’. BEYONCE’ IS A CHARACTER THAT I DO A LOT, A PERSONALITY THAT I DO QUITE OFTEN. THAT’S WHAT I’M MOST KNOWN FOR. I DID MICHELLE OBAMA, ANYTHING BLACK I DID IT. >>ALL RIGHT. SO QUICKLY, GIVE ME BEYONCE’. >>I WOULD LIKE TO WISH MY BABY BLUE A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLUE, FROM YOUR MOTHER BEYONCE’, THE GREATEST SINGER EVER [ LAUGHTER ]>>IS IT TOUGH FOR BLACK FEMALE COMEDIANS TO GET WORK?>>ABSOLUTELY. FIRST OF ALL, THERE’S A STEREOTYPE WITH WOMEN NOT BEING ALLOWED TO BE FUNNY. I MEAN, THERE’S BEEN LUCILLE BALL, SO MANY PEOPLE, BUT IT’S STILL SO HARD FOR US TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT WE’RE FUNNY. AND THEN BEING A WOMAN, BEING AFRICAN-AMERICAN, IT’S LIKE A DOUBLE WHAMMY. IT’S LIKE NO ONE WANTS TO SEE A BLACK GIRL BEING FUNNY AT ALL. THEY WANT TO SEE US DO ANGELA BASSETT. >>RIGHT. EVERYTHING HAS MEANING. I THINK YOU SAID IT BEST. YOU SAID WE TAKE OWNERSHIP OF EVERYTHING, EVERY SINGLE COMMENT, RIGHT? DO YOU THINK SOMETIMES WE NEED TO LIGHTEN UP AS A COMEDIAN?>>WE DO. WHEN SNL CAME ABOUT, I NEVER THOUGHT TO AUDITION. I DON’T SEE BLACK GIRLS DOING IT. IT WAS NEVER SOMETHING THAT I WENT OUT FOR. THEY DIDN’T COME AND FIND ME, I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE NEVER WENT TO THEM. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, I HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. AND THAT’S A JOKE THAT I MAKE. LIKE WELL I WOULDN’T THINK ABOUT THEM. >>I WROTE SOMETHING ABOUT SHAHIR. AND I SAID, SHE’S ULTIMATELY GOING TO BE JUDGED ON HER TALENT. BECAUSE EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT BLACK COMEDIAN THIS, BLACK COMEDIAN THAT. SHE’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE FUNNIER THAN SHE IS BLACK. MEANING SHE’S GOING TO ULTIMATELY BE JUDGED ON HER TALENT. SOME PEOPLE TOOK OFFENSE TO THAT. DO YOU TAKE OFFENSE TO THAT?>>I THINK IT’S HILARIOUS. BECAUSE HONESTLY, WHAT’S BEEN ROLLING AROUND IN MY BRAIN IS THAT I THINK THAT I WAS FUNNIER THAN I WAS BLACK. BUT STILL. WE CAN BE FUNNY IN ALL PACKAGES WE ARE FUNNY. >>AND LIGHTEN UP. YOU HAVE A GREAT ATTITUDE. DON’T TAKE EVERYTHING SO SERIOUSLY AND LIGHTEN UP. AFTER ALL IT’S A COMEDIAN. PEOPLE GET WHAT YOU’RE SAYING AND WHAT YOU MEAN. THEY JUST WANT TO TAKE OFFENSE TO IT. >>EXACTLY. >>SO LISTEN, I UNDERSTAND YOU MENTIONED YOU DO A GREAT DONNA BRAZIL. >>OH, LORD. >>I HAVE SOMEBODY HERE RIGHT NOW WHO WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO A DONNA BRAZIL. AS A MATTER OF FACT IT’S DONNA BRAZIL HERSELF. >>HI THERE. >>HI, DONNA. >>SO LET’S SEE YOUR BEST DONNA BRAZIL. >>LET’S DO IT. WELCOME TO CNN. I AM DONNA BRAZIL. I WILL BE YOUR MODERATOR FOR THIS 2016 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. JOIN ME NOW IN WELCOMING OUR NOMINEES. DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON. AND THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE, GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE. GOVERNOR CHRISTIE, YOU WILL HAVE ONE MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS. GOOD LUCK. FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON? YOU TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED, GIRL POWER. >>YEAH. >>GIRL POWER.

19 thoughts on “‘SNL’ hopeful spoofs CNN commentator

  1. im disapointed in u don, when cnn said u have to be the 1 to do this story for the obvious reasons u should have given them the finger

  2. SNL doesnt need a black woman. They need funny comics and good writing. Its obvious they are slanted to the leff. Theres no need for that level of pandering

  3. She is not particularly funny, and imitating other Black ppl, rather than imitating a wider range of races and cultures, might have helped her net success. The only thing funny in this segment is Don Lemon's phony grinning; he, too, knows that this chick ain't all that funny. Other than that, the girl is cute but has a touch of horse face.

  4. Nice looking young woman, and she's very well spoken. Seems to me alot of folks on these posts don't like her.  Some people can't help but hate. Some, (because they can't get past her very obviously full Afrikan features) even try to insinuate that she's not pretty. To them I say: Only by contrast, hater, only by contrast. And so what if she only does a little minstrel show on you tube. She's young and she'll grow so get the hell of her back haters!

  5. I love her!  What an awesome individual, so funny to listen to.  I think her parodies on Beyonshit are fabulous.  Keep up the great work!

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