MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - JUNE 16: Comedian Chris Redd poses for a portrait on Day 2 of the 2022 American Black Film Festival at the New World Center on June 16, 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
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Why Chris Redd Decided To Leave Saturday Night Live
Chris Redd recently decided to leave the iconic sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” after two major events forced him to reevaluate what he wanted to do with his life. The decision came after Redd lost two of his friends and fellow comedians, Jak Knight, whom Redd described as "one of [his] best friends," and stand-up comic Teddy Ray.
"I've got to spend time doing what I really want to do because we don't know when we're going to go," Redd said on an episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast. Talking about SNL, the comedian confessed, “I was like ‘I don't know how much longer I can fight for two minutes, or five minutes [of screen time].’ … I always loved that job as much as I hated the job.”
Redd earned an Emmy Award for co-writing the song "Come Back Barack" during his time on SNL and grew as a comedian on the show; however, Redd felt like leaving the show was "the right thing to do." The comedian has a new stand-up special on HBO Max called "Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?" and is also set to star in the film "Cyber Monday" for Universal Pictures.