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

They are among the two dozen or so invited to audition for SNL in secret.

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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.

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


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.

Nicole Byer (@nicolebyer)

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.

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.


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.

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