That classic band of fellow comedians who on “Saturday Night Live” threw such zingers as, “It’s the curse of the white brotha. All you see is first-class all the time. And for some reason, African-Americans just want to stay in coach.”
Actually, it was just Chris Rock, Chris Parnell, Norm Macdonald and former SNL cast member Mike Myers.
How did those four that good manage to land more Grammy nominations than any other one-time Saturday Night Live cast member, including Melissa McCarthy and Darrell Hammond?
Well, not all of that time was spent developing such hit movies as “Austin Powers” or “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” Rock was nominated for his work on “SNL” in the Best Spoken Word Album for “Bigger, Longer & Uncut,” Macdonald earned a nod for “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” and Myers was nominated for his contribution to the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” song.
Despite the blackface scandals of the past two years, the Grammys announced today that Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle earned two nominations in the Best Comedy Album category for “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater” and “Chappelle’s Show,” respectively.
How much of a jolt for these guys will it take when they got snubbed for years in the Best Comedy Album race? Can they let it slide this time around?
Hmm, I think not.
— Jillian Barberie, Follow @jillbarberie