Although Saturday Night Live may now officially be over the hill, the House that Lorne Built Continues to make shrewd moves in its 40th season. After adding standout newcomer Pete Davidson to its lineup at the beginning of the season, SNL has kept the casting train rolling by promoting comedian Leslie Jones from its writing staff to cast member. A writer for SNL since early 2014, Jones will begin her new job will this weekend with the Jim Carrey-hosted episode on Saturday, October 25. In her appearances this season, she has absolutely stolen the show, appearing on the Weekend Update desk to dole out advice on relationships, and in video sketches like “39 Cents”, the hilarious send-up of Save the Children commercials. In short, capitalizing on this dynamic performer with an outsized personality is a very smart move on SNL‘s part
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those in the know either. Last year, Leslie Jones was one of twelve finalists invited to audition in front of Lorne Michaels on the SNL stage during their mid-season talent search. Although the spot ultimately went to Sasheer Zamata, Michaels and his team liked Jones so much that they brought her on as a staff writer. Quickly establishing herself a a force to be reckoned with off-screen, Jones started making waves on-screen too with appearances on Weekend Update. And now, it seems, her hard work has paid off.
In case you need a refresher, here are some of Jones’ best appearances to date:
Weekend Update – Relationships
Weekend Update – People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person
Keep it up, Lorne, and you guys might just have forty more seasons ahead.
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