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'SNL' Hopeful

Secret Black Women Audition Was Just a

Publicity Stunt

12/13/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Saturday Night Live's secret audition to find an African-American female was total BS -- at least according to one actress who tried out, but thinks it was only thrown together to quiet SNL's critics ... not to find a new cast member.

Comedian Tiffany Haddish tells TMZ the Dec. 2 talent search at The Groundlings Theatre in L.A. felt like it was a dog and pony show, partially because executive producer Lorne Michaels wasn't there -- and he's known to attend most auditions.

Other sources at the try-out tell us it seemed too conveniently timed -- coming on the heels of current cast members Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson publicly blasting 'SNL' producers for not hiring a Black female. 

Jay even named names -- claiming 'SNL' producers blew off actress Darmirra Brunson after agreeing to give her a shot. Interestingly, Darmirra was at the L.A. audition.

If 'SNL' found the right chick ... they're not saying yet -- but Tiffany thinks "they already know who they want ... they're just wasting all these black women's time and gas money."

So, we gotta ask ...


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Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

Theres lots of funny black women out there, except for Whoopi, Barbara Walters neutered her unfortunately. And Wanda Sykes, bout as funny as a prostate exam at the North Pole!

292 days ago


A secret can't be a publicity stunt. If it were really a publicity stunt snl would have been telling everyone about it. Nobody knew it took place so if it was a stunt it was not properly executed

292 days ago

The Zombie    

Hiring a black person because they're black is just as bad as hiring a white person because they're white.

292 days ago


There are only so many sketches about Oprah.

292 days ago


Way to go, Tiffany. You get on TMZ, but torpedo the chance of any real career by talking sh*t. It's a small business and you just blabber mouthed your way into obscurity and a life of minimum wage work at Walmart. P.S. Lorne doesn't go to early auditions. He attends the later ones when they've winnowed the field down from talentless wannabes like you who'll waste his time and then cr*p on him when they don't get the gig.

292 days ago

Sonny Chavato    

75% say it's bogus, yet phony-f------ will still watch this show which has been lame for years, tire of seeing these recycled one trick ****s like sadler and ferret

292 days ago


I think they want to go back to being called black now not African-American. Isn't that true?

292 days ago


Spock finds the pictured woman quite attractive and wouldn't mind an occasional mind-meld with her!

292 days ago


gimme a freakin' break, or go to BET where white people don't stand a snowballs chance in hell

292 days ago

juggalo 6    

Keenan is the racist for pointing that out. Not every show and movie is "required" to have a black person to not be racist the blacks just think that way. Has the sense of entitlement got that bad? Welfare, crack, and Obamafones for all.!!!

292 days ago


Tiffany is hilarious on Chelsea Lately. I just saw a news report about skong with a statement from Lorne Michaels. It's legit for sure and the new black girl comedian will debut on SNL in January. They need to work on their writing material though. Not everyone laughs at their skits they got a little warmer but they could do better they have.

292 days ago

Boy Gary    

I'm disturbed by the lack of Asian men in professional football. Why don't we have they not try out? No, they just suck. Same here. Now, we have a special audition targeting a specific race/sex because of a few loudmouths.

292 days ago


Is SNL even relevant? Let this show die already.

292 days ago


Have you seen Nyima Funk's response? It's hysterical

292 days ago


Plenty of funny black female comedians. maybe they don't WANT for work that jerk... just sayin'.

292 days ago
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