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Will One Of These Black Women Be The Next “Saturday Night Live” Cast Member?

2. Saturday Night Live held secret auditions last week for select black actresses in New York and Los Angeles, and it is reported that there will be at least one black woman cast member by January.

Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator and executive producer, told The New York Times on Thursday that about 25 women have auditioned to join the show next year.

3. Let’s get to know some of the funny ladies invited to audition:

4. Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish)

An actress, comedienne, and dancer from South Central Los Angeles, Haddish is best known for her appearances on VH1’s Best Week Ever. She has also appeared on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Janky Promoters.

5. Misty Monroe (@mistydawnmon)

Monroe as a performer with the world-famous Groundlings. She has appeared in shows like 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, and has also appeared in sketches for College Humor.

6. Azie Dungey (@AzieDee)

If she looks familiar to you, that’s probably because you’ve seen the wildly popular Ask A Slave webseries, of which Dungey is the star. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently lives in West Hollywood.

7. Nicole Byer (@nicolebyer)

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With roots in the Upright Citizens Brigade, Byer currently appears on MTV’s Girl Code. She has also appeared on 30 Rock and in various College Humor sketches.

8. Gabrielle Dennis (@GabrielleDennis)

Best known for playing Janay on BET’s hit show The Game, Dennis earned a degree in theater from Howard University. She was also in Bring It On II: A Fight to the Finish, Blue Mountain State, and was a host of BET’s Teen Summit.

9. LaKendra Tookes (@LeKendraTookes)

This actress and comedienne is also a former news reporter from Florida. Check out her character reel.

10. Damirra Brunson (@DamirraBrunson)

Actress and comedienne. Role on Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor. She’s the woman Jay Pharoah cited recently when he spoke about SNL’s need for diversity.

11. Amber Ruffin (@ambermruffin)

This singer, writer, actress and comedienne has roots in Chicago’s Second City. She has appeared on Key & Peele and is a member of the comedy series Robot Down.

12. Beth Payne

A Midwestern girl, Payne has appeared in popular shows like My Wife and Kids and The Jamie Foxx Show. She’s shared the comedy stage with the likes of Charlie Murphy, David Allan Grier, and Damon Wayans. According to her Facebook page, Payne also speaks, like, every language imaginable, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese.

13. Simone Shepherd (@simoneshepherd)

A native of Pittsburgh, the actress, writer, and producer is best known for the series Tracks. Shepherd is also an active Viner.

14. Bresha Webb (@Breshawebb)

Webb is a familiar face if you watch Love That Girl!, in which Webb stars as the eccentric and colorful Immunique. You may have also seen her in MTV’s musical American Mall or guest starring on shows like Hung, E.R., and Lincoln Heights.

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