Ellen Cleghorne Talks About Coming Up on SNL During a Boys Era and Making a Comedy Comeback After Pursuing Academia

"[SNL] was a big opportunity but nobody was acting like it was a big opportunity, not anybody in my home, not anybody on the street. No respect, no cred [came] from it."

As part of VH1’s week-long celebration of Black Women In Comedy, we interviewed Saturday Night Live alum Ellen Cleghorne who just completed her doctorate in performance studies with an emphasis on the irony of intersectionality of race and gender in comedy. The actress, stand-up comedian, and academic also joined our #AllJokesAside: Black Women In Comedy panel at YouTube’s New York space on March 22, 2017. She opened up about her comedy inspiration and her time on SNL and the criticism the show receives.

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