8 Black Comediennes Who Are 'Ready' for SNL

Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson says the show's questionable lack of diversity is due to the shortage of Black female comedians who are "ready" to join the cast. We're calling his bluff. Here, we name eight amazing talents who are totally SNL-ready.

Franchesca Ramsey

Ramsey's "Sh*t White Girls Say" video has over 10 million views (that's t-e-n million, kinda major), and she's got a ginormous following for her weekly Youtube videos.

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Amanda Seales

For years we've known her as MTV's resident renaissance woman, but little did we know Seales (aka Amanda Diva) was also an amazing comedian who recently completed her awesome one-woman comedy show, It's Complicated: Hilarical Answers to Serious Questions on Love.

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Naomi Ekperigin

Ekperigin is half Nigerian, half African-American—"that's a whole lotta Black," as she puts it—with over 10 years in the standup circuit. She describes herself as the "love child of Kathy Griffin and Chris Rock."

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Nicole Byer

Byer has been a part of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since 2010 (newsflash SNL: Amy Poehler is one of the theatre's co-founders and alums include Tina Fey, Fred Armisen, Zach Galifianakis—need we go on?). She currently stars on MTV's Girl Code.

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Sasheer Zamata

Zamata is an NYC-based actress and comedian who hosts a weekly showcase called School Night for emerging comedians.

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Darmirra Brunson

Brunson first caught our eye with her "Sh*t Beyonce Says" video. And then there was her Rihanna parody...and the Nicki Minaj one. Brunson also won Tyler Perry's talent search back in 2012, which is pretty impressive. And she has SNL's own Jay Pharoah's vote. In the meantime, you can catch her on OWN's Love Thy Neighbor.

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Charla Lauriston

Lauriston describes herself as a comedy writer and performer and "an unmarried woman." Her favorite topics include online dating, Rihanna and wings.

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Jessica Williams

She's a Daily Show correspondent for chrissake!

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