sylvia traymore

Sylvia Traymore

Washington,   D.C. – When Sylvia Traymore watched acclaimed actress Kerry   Washington impersonate several characters in a comedic sketch on a recent   episode of Saturday Night Life (SNL), a deep sense of overwhelm overtook her.

As the first black female impressionist to emerge on the entertainment scene   back in the late ’70’s and early 80’s, she vividly recalls having high hopes   of performing a similar scene over 30 years ago after she first met and was   hired by the show’s creator/ producer, Lorne Michaels. SNL veteran Garrett   Morris had been so impressed with Traymore when she hosted Muhummad   Ali’s roast at the Apollo Theater that he personally arranged the meeting   with Michaels for her. The year was 1979.

As a   result of that meeting, Traymore was offered a position as an associate   writer at Saturday Night Live. She is one of only a very few African American   women ever offered the position. With SNL currently under the media   microscope for their lack of diversity per hiring women performers of color,   Traymore was compelled to reflect on her SNL memories. Traymore takes us back   down her SNL memory lane with the first entry of her new blog, “Saturdays   with Sylvia.”

One   of the first solo artist to tour with and open for powerhouse Whitney   Houston, Traymore’s career in Hollywood is legendary, even if not well   known. The illustrious Redd   Foxx recognized her talent early on and signed her to her   first management deal. She has opened for some of the biggest names in the   entertainment industry, including Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, The   Temptations and Cher and amazingly impersonates Wendy Williams,   Diana Ross, Mo’Nique, Whoopi Goldberg, Nicki Manaj and First Lady   Michelle Obama, to name just a few.

Traymore’s   recently released memoirs, available on,  “Almost   There, Almost…The Many Faces of Sylvia Traymore Morrison” vividly   recaptures her escapades in the entertainment industry. She is slated to open   her new one woman show, “Come   See About Me…A Fan’s Diana Ross Story,” in   her hometown, Washington, D.C., at the Naval Heritage Theater on November 21.

As excepted from her blog,   Traymore reminiscenses, “True to his word, Garrett and NBC sent a   limousine to pick me up at my apartment and take me to the offices of   NBC’s Saturday Night Live.  Garrett took me to Mr. Michae’s office and   the three of us sat there to discuss my future with Saturday Night   Live.  The show was not yet the icon it is today, but was certainly   on its way. I must admit I was a little nervous and excited at the same   time.  Other than the pageant and European television, I had not done a   major TV show or even had a chance to do “Sanford & Son.”    Mr. Michaels proceeded to tell me what my job would be like…”

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Catch   the performance art of Sylvia Traymore at and   for ticket information for “Come See About Me… A Fan’s Diana Ross   Story,” go to .   Her book ”  “Almost   There, Almost…The Many Faces of Sylvia Traymore Morrison” is   available in paperback and as an eBook.


Makeda Smith
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