NALIP Comedy Showcase Comedienne Melissa Villaseñor Joins SNL
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After the shocking firings of fan favorites Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh, NBCUniversal’s “Saturday Night Live,” has announced the addition of its first Latina comedienne to their lineup.
The hiring of Melissa Villaseñor is groundbreaking for ”SNL”, as The Atlantic reports, “The fact that SNL has never employed a Latina performer in its 42 years perfectly illustrates how slow it’s been to acknowledge demographic changes in comedy.” SNL has previously employed the talents of other Latino comedians such as Chilean-American Horatio Sanz and Fred Armisen, whose mother is Venezuelan.
Earlier this year, Villaseñor participated in NALIP’s Latino Comedy Showcase, hosted by Al Madrigal, at the NALIP Media Summit. Madrigal, a stand-up comedian and frequent correspondent on “The Daily Show,” invited a group of selected comedians to perform a special skit for NALIP audiences. Villaseñor was accompanied by fellow comedians Chris Garcia, Vincent Caldera, and Jesus Trejo. Trejo sent out a congratulatory tweet:
NALIP supporter, Lalo Alcaraz, also tweeted his support:
The California native was also featured on the sixth season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and, as NBCNews reports, “she has headlined over 100 clubs and colleges around the country.” She’s best known for her impressions of Sonia Sotomayor, Jennifer Lopez and Hillary Clinton, which should play well with audiences during the election.