SNL (@nbcsnl) September 21, 2018
Deadline reported on Friday (September 21) that Nwodim graces the Studio 8H stage as a featured player, as opposed to the more senior and consistent repertory players like Leslie Jones, the cast’s only other Black woman. The Baltimore native’s page on the Upright Citizens Brigade’s (UCB) website notes that she frequently performs with several of UCB’s improvisational comedy troupes, which are a common pipeline for “SNL” cast members and writers. Nwodim also performed a sold-out one-woman show, “Great Black Women…and Then There’s Me.
Watch Nwodim in the following digital sketches:
“SNL” has encountered many critiques over the years, including from former cast members, for its erasure of the few Black women and Asian Americans it features. Essence identified Nwodim as only the seventh Black woman to join the “SNL” cast since its inception in 1975.