”Saturday Night Live" has for years not been living up to its original pedigree of lively innovative live comedy sketches. Its stale trend ended with Kerry Washington hosting this past Saturday night on Nov 2, 2013. Within its opening a surprise voiceover occurred bringing back memories of Saturday Night Live's past heyday of making fun of itself and life.
Kerry Washington shows her comedic side diversifying a stale show and pushing the envelope.
Once a show that held many surprises, "Saturday Night Live" has been playing it safe and dull in recent years. After fresh controversy about not having a black women cast member, Kerry Washington, the star of "Scandal", added a much needed punch beginning with the opening skit and proved to hold her own waking up memories of the show's great past of amusing audiences with assertive sketches and making fun of itself.
Kerry Washington first appeared as Michelle Obama next to the white Fred Armisen portraying the President then she had to rush out to come back as Oprah Winfrey. With "the whole ...and Keenan won't" she eluded to Keenan Thompson's recent statement to TV Guide about the lack of color in the cast and that he will be boycotting by no longer dressing in drag to play black women. Although the opening sketch itself might not of been too funny the voiceover made the skit worth watching.
"The producers at 'Saturday Night Live' would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight. We make these requests because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent and also because 'SNL' does not currently have a black woman on the cast." The voiceover goes on to say "We agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future ...unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first."
Kerry Washington proved her abilities as a comedic actress beginning with her monologue line stating "I'm so proud in 2013 to be on a show that has the courage to cast a white man as the President" and going on to do a hilarious skit with cast member Jay Pharoah as African-American guests on a talk show proving their steadfast support for President Obama.
This year "SNL" added six new cast members, all white with only one woman along with five men. At a time in history when the United States celebrates an African-American as President it is time for "Saturday Night Live" to catch up and keep a diversified cast. With Kerry Washington's hosting appearance much needed new excitement came to the old show showing that this could be the perfect moment for "SNL" to step up with the addition of adding funny women of color to help liven up the once great show.
Keep laughing along with life and never be afraid to dance!
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