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Black Female Comedian

'SNL' Blow Off NOT Racial

10/17/2013 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The very funny comedienne who is at the center of what's turning into a WAR on "Saturday Night Live" doesn't believe she's been passed over because she's Black -- it's tough for people of ALL colors to get on the show.

"Love Thy Neighbor"
star Darmirra Brunson thinks SNL regular Jay Pharoah is off base for ragging on the show for not having enough black females in the cast.  Fact is ... there have only been 4 in 38 years.  Pharoah says he was pushing producers -- which means Lorne Michaels -- to hire Brunson but it fell on deaf ears.
 
Brunson says there's a huge talent pool to choose from, and the reality is almost everyone gets passed over ... no matter what their race or sex.
                       
That said ... Brunson says she'd like the chance to audition for the show and is grateful to Pharoah for the push. 

So she's in the middle of a war and just complimented the warring parties.  Smart chick.

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16.

muffey    

Since Eddie Murphy left, SNL is not funny anymore. Have not watched it since. There is one exception, I watched it in 2008 when Tina Fey played airhead Sara Palin. They need to get funny people like Murphy.

284 days ago
17.

freaksloan    

So Lorne Michaels a raging liberal doesn't like the Black Ladies?

284 days ago
18.

WLou    

Well reality is they need funny people that can play different characters. Black women has a much a smaller range than a white male. Fact. She is talented and will find a better for for her talent! Best of luck to her!!

284 days ago
19.

tgrfan42069    

hire me cause im black..but dont you dare not hire me cause i am black..the logic

284 days ago
20.

66bluemarlin    

The truth is the show has not been funny since the Eddie Murphy years. I have been an faithful watcher for over 30 years, I know what I speak is the truth. Whoever SNL decides to casts needs to have the comedic genius of Eddie Murphy, Garret Morris or Dan Akroyd.

284 days ago
21.

Ricardo Marquez    

Why can't Blacks just make their own show rather than bitching about a good show thats been around and having black females will NOT Increase viewers. B.E.T or W.B is a good launch point.

DO YOU THINK BLACK CAST MEMBERS INCREASE VIEWERS? IF THAT WERE TRUE YOU'D SEE MORE BLACK CENTRIC SHOWS. BLACKS GET SICK OF BLACKS

284 days ago
22.

Laughing at celebrities is fun.    

If there's such a "huge talent pool" how come it's sucked for the last 30 years?

284 days ago
23.

Holly    

It's hard for me to believe that Lorne Michaels is a racist, which is what Pharoah is implying. Calling someone a racist is a serious accusation, especially in the current cultural climate, and Pharoah should be more careful throwing that word around. not cool, Jay.

284 days ago
24.

Truth    

Bottom line....you are funny - you got a shot. You are NOT funny - you got no shot. Stop playing the race card! It's old, it's weak, it's tired and it does not work anymore. America is waking up!

284 days ago
25.

Nobody.Puts.Bieber.In.A.Corner    

Since we have the United Negro College Fund that helps blacks with college, why don't we just have a black SNL. Would stop the blacks from bitching about race when they don't get what they want.

284 days ago
26.

Black Adam    

Just complaining about not being enough black females is Racist. Saturday night lives needs Asians too, not just black females. They also need to fire Keenan because he is about as funny as a Kidney Stone.

284 days ago
27.

NOT ELMO    

SNL NEEDS AT LEAST 1 BLACK ACTRESS....

284 days ago
28.

HH    

If they want the perfect black woman for the show, they need to call Debra Wilson from MADTV

283 days ago
29.

renate80    

I've always thought it was racial....They hardly have black people on there, let alone a black woman.

231 days ago
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