10 recommendations for 'Saturday Night Live' Season 38 involving Jay Pharoah, Justin Timberlake and more
Oh and maybe some more diversity in the cast?
Reconceive the concept of featured players
Each season's cast is made up of a repertory of roughly 8-12 core repertory players and a handful of "featured" players, who fill out the cast and often graduate to the repertory level. But why settle on a handful? Tying into to our call for diversity, the show should establish a large pool of NYC-based comedians that serve specific functions within the show. These on-call featured players would offer flexibility in writing, cut costs for the show, develop a hungry core of performers, and expose the "SNL" audience to a wide range of comic voices. The audience, not simply the producers, would be able to shape which of these players truly get featured.