“Saturday Night Live” has been crafting laughs for 43 seasons but is only now getting around to having a black funnywoman host the show.
“Girls Trip” star Tiffany Haddish filled that vacant role for the first time Saturday night following seasons of scrutiny lodged against the series for failing to hire minority cast members.
“This was a fantastic evening, to be the very first American female stand-up comedian to host SNL. I’m so honored,” Haddish said after her SNL debut.
The 37-year-old comedian kicked off her monologue by lauding the caretaker of President Trump’s bogus hair and giving male viewers a pro-tip on appropriate behavior, at the expense of disgraced comedian Louis C.K.
Tiffany Haddish was Saturday Night Live’s first black comedienne to host the show.
“If your thing’s out, and she’s got all her clothes on, you’re wrong. You are in the wrong,” Haddish said during the monologue. “Wait until she takes her own clothes off, then pull your thing-thing out.”
Haddish hailed SNL as a childhood favorite while growing up in foster care in Los Angeles, but the lack of diversity was also problematic.
“You have no idea how difficult it is to convince a bunch of black and hispanic kids to watch SNL over ‘In Living Color,’” Haddish said. “Try to convince them that Dana Carvey is just as funny as Damon Wayans.”
Tiffany Haddish said it was hard to convince kids in her group home to watch “Saturday Night Live” while growing up.
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The show began making amends to its inclusivity problem in 2014 when it hired ex-cast member Sasheer Zamata and promoted then-writer Leslie Jones to the ensemble. Jones famously said she berated Kenan Thompson after he blamed the lack of black women on SNL on the scarcity of “ready” talent.
During her monologue and the show’s curtain call, Haddish thanked the social worker who pressed her to pursue comedy, and taxpayers.
“I want to thank everybody who paid taxes between 1990 and 1999, because without your tax dollars, I wouldn’t be standing here,” she said.