Report: ‘SNL’ Adds 2 Black Female Writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones

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Report: ‘SNL’ Adds 2 Black Female Writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones (Credit: Hollywood Reporter)

“Saturday Night Live” is on a roll. Not only did the show add Sasheer Zamata to its cast, as its first black female in six years, it’s also adding two black female writers — LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. According to the Hollywood Reporter, both women were discovered during its recent auditions.

Jones, a stand-up actress-comedian who was a finalist for the new cast member spot, has performed at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, has guest stared in comedies including The League, Sullivan & Son and written and appeared on Def Comedy Jam and 1st Amendment Stand Up. She’s performed at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal as well as the Aspen Comedy Festival. In 2011, her comedy special Problem Child was broadcast on Showtime. Jones is repped by Integral Entertainment and Pierce Law Group.

Actress-comedian Tookes, meanwhile, is a former news reporter from Florida who has performed at iO West. Check out her character reel here. Source: Hollywood Reporter

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 Report:  SNL Adds 2 Black Female Writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones
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