Thank goodness Saturday Night Live is finally listening to the national demand for representation of female comedians of color. In addition to adding the great artist Sasheer Zamata to the cast, the series has added two talented black women comedians, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, to its writing staff.
SNL took serious note of the women during their recent auditions, which featured minority women exclusively, snatching them up for two coveted writing jobs. Jones brings to the writer’s desk an impressive history with Showtime, the Comedy Store in Los Angeles and Def Comedy Jam, and 1st Amendment Standup, as well as a resume featuring performances in The League and Sullivan & Son. Tookes, formerly a reporter for Florida news, has graced the stage of iO West.
The ladies start Monday, and we cannot wait to see what they bring to the SNL stage. Who knows what lies ahead for these funny ladies, but let’s hope we get see them perform on screen sometime in the near future. Way to go, LaKendra and Leslie! Check out Tooke’s hilarious character reel below.