Friday, April 12, 2024

Saturday Night Live: Lorne Michaels’ Brilliant Rebuke About Black Comediennes


Lorne Michaels gave his critics a brilliant rebuke on Saturday Night Live last night. This is all about the lack of black comediennes on the show. Kerry Washington was made to play Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and almost Beyonce, all in the cold opening. There was even a joke suggesting that Jay Pharoah, who was playing President Obama, might have to somehow play Jay Z as well. Very cute. The coup de grace was Rev. Al Sharpton, looking natty and thin, taking over and asking “What have we learned from this?” The answer: “Nothing.” Michaels reminded us it’s just a comedy show. Cool it. He’s the smartest guy in TV, as we knew anyway.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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