Two Black Women to Join Saturday Night Live Writing Staff

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Two Black Women to Join <i>Saturday Night Live</i> Writing Staff

Following news earlier this week that SNL hired Sasheer Zamata as its first black female performer in six years, word has come out that two more black female comics will be coming to the show as writers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will take their posts in the Saturday Night Live writers’ room on Monday. They were discovered in the same set of auditions that brought Zamata to the show.

Held late last year, the all-black, all-female tryouts were a first for SNL, organized after extensive criticism of the show’s overwhelmingly white and male set of new cast members. Even SNL performer Jay Pharoah said the show’s producers “need to pay attention” to talented minority comics.

All three women will have their first show on Jan. 18, which will feature Drake as host and musical guest. Until then, you can check out some of Jones’ stand-up below: