HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds Two African-American Female Writers

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Saturday Night Live has just added a new African-American woman to its cast, and now the show is adding two to its writers’ room as well.

LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who were discovered during the sketch show’s recent auditions, will join SNL‘s writers’ room starting on Monday, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Tookes and Jones were both among the black female comedians who auditioned during showcases held in New York and Los Angeles after the long-runningLorne Michaels sketch series faced widespread criticism that its new cast lacked diversity — specifically the inclusion of an African-American woman.

Following the auditions — the first in SNL history to focus exclusively on minority women — Upright Citizens Brigade alum Sasheer Zamata was tapped to join the series. She’ll make her debut on Jan. 18 when Drake hosts.

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