Imagine Halle Berry sobbing, “Forty-two years!” Oscars-style and you may come close to understanding the gravity of Tiffany Haddish’s latest victory. This weekend, the Girls Trip star will be Saturday Night Live‘s first Black comedienne host (not counting former cast members) in the show’s forty-two year history, Uproxxreports.
The moment when it's 2017 and we have smart phones w/ face + fingerprint recognition, self-driving cars, & AI tech creating its own language, but on 11/11 Tiffany Haddish will be the first Black woman comedian to host SNL. But that's none of my business… Congrats Tiff!! GO AWF! https://t.co/HOShJxTQG1
Over the years, SNL has made assumptions about its audience’s preferences that have reinforced the status quo and prevented some important comediennes from reaching crossover audiences. Below is a list of just a few women who could have been first.
in 43 years of existence of SNL,
Adele Givens Sommore Mo’Nique Loni Love Whoopi Goldberg Thea Vidale Laura Hayes Sherri Shepherd Aisha Tyler Sheryl Underwood Wanda Sykes Kim Wayans Franchesca Ramsey
Monique, a celebrated actress, standup comedienne, and late night show host, seemed a likely candidate for hosting SNL. She was never invited, but cast member Kenan Thompson did don a lace front wig and dress to make fun of her work in Precious.
Haddish’s invitation is especially ironic given that her tagline,”She ready!”, seems to answer Thompson’s infamous suggestion to TVGuide.com that SNL‘s cast lacked Black women because, “… they just never find ones that are ready.” As Haddish will undoubtedly prove on Saturday night, Black entertainers stay ready–in part because of the overt racism of the industry.