*The 46th season of “Saturday Night Live” kicked off last weekend with Chris Rock and Megan Thee Stallion. It also marks comedian Chris Redd’s fourth season with the show.
Redd is an actor, writer, stand-up comic and rapper.
Redd has become an audience favorite, known for his spot on impressions of Soldier Boy, Offset and actor Sterling K. Brown.
He received an Emmy in 2018 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the “SNL” song “Come Back, Barack.”
EURweb Correspondent Jill Munroe talked to Redd about what joining the classic late night comedy show has meant to him, who his favorite characters to play are and his top 5 favorite Black female comedians or comedic actresses are.
What it means to be on the show:
“When I started doing comedy, I just wanted to be good at it. And I wanted to have a platform where I wanted to make some kind of impact and make a difference. It’s surreal to be at this position where I can see things in the world and get to create so quickly, with some of the best in the industry, some of my favorite comics and artists. I’m still like a kid about it in that way. I don’t want to ever lose that feeling of being grateful that I get to do this.
I like being more comfortable in it. I like not feeling like I’m going to lose my job every day. That feels good to know… cause I lost a lot of jobs. You lose a lot of jobs on your way to being good at something. This is also the longest I’ve ever had one job. That’s been very different now, I see why people do it.”
Who have been some of your favorite characters or impersonations that you have done over the last 3 seasons?
“I like doing the impressions and I like the challenge of them, but I don’t always really look to do impressions – outside of Solider Boy, cause that’s very funny. I’m still surprised we got to do that on the show – Some of my favorites are the original character. I like playing characters of things I’ve always wanted to do, like an incompetent drug dealer. Playing stuff like that for me is fun. I get to play a lot of characters of guys I grew up around and put them on a show in ways that I’ve never seen before. Push myself in those ways.”
Who are your top 5 favorite Black female comedians or comedic actresses?
Sommore, Tiffany Haddish, Sam Jay, Issa Rae is one of my favorite comedic actresses, and the Regina’s – Regina King and Regina Hall.
Redd can be seen every week on NBC’s SNL. On October 10, Issa Rae will host the show, becoming the sketch series 13th Black female host in series history. Redd can also be seen this October in the independent horror film “Scare Me” and the Netflix Horror comedy “Vampires vs. the Bronx.”