My horn can pierce the sky!
There were 20 of us testing that year. I was the only African-American woman and Jordan Peele was the only African-American male there.
[After two hours, my name was] called. The assistant director introduced himself to me and asked me to check the set and if I needed anything. As I checked the table, set up my wigs, and props, I noticed that Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers and Marci Klein were sitting at a table à la “American Idol” adjacent to the camera and behind them in the bleachers were possibly the writers. It was about 10-15 people, mostly white men.
I started my audition.
'Hi, I’m Nefetari Spencer and this is Michelle Obama.'
Six-point-five minutes and seven characters later I said, ‘Thank you.’ Two people in the hall told me, ‘That was so funny, you were great.’
I found out I didn’t get it the day they announced the new cast members. It was hard to digest because it seemed kismet. I thought of the contract that I signed that could have changed my life and about me moving to NYC. With Maya Rudolph no longer being on the show, they were going to need a Michelle Obama. I mean all of the signs were there. I had been working tirelessly for years to get to that level. I couldn’t help but feel sad, but I also felt I left my heart on that stage and that’s all I could do.
Black comedian and actress Nefetari Spencer on auditioning for Saturday Night Live (via 2brwngrls)
the most damning part of this whole thing, for me, is that apparently jordan peele didn’t make it either (unless i am mistaken? was he ever on snl??). i am not familiar with this woman’s work but i am very familiar with peele’s work from madtv and key & peele. no one can, in all seriousness, claim that peele is not funnier than the vast majority of the performers snl has had in the last few years.