Leslie Jones is Officially a Featured Player on Saturday Night Live
LJ – The 40th season of Saturday Night Live has had some good and very bad moments through the first three episodes, but there has certainly been some promise displayed by the show’s new blood. For starters, Pete Davidson earned rave reviews for his debut routine on Weekend Update, while he has also shown his talent for delivering laughs in sketches. But some people might argue that the show’s brightest new star is Leslie Jones, who was hired as a writer earlier this year after a talent search. Jones eventually got some screen time on Weekend Update last season – remember the controversy? – and she made several great appearances in the first three episodes of this season.
Apparently Lorne Michaels and Co. have heard us laughing with Jones, because Deadline reports that she has been promoted to featured player ahead of this week’s episode starring Jim Carrey. That’s obviously great news – hopefully for the ratings, too – but let’s hope that it’s not the end of Jones swinging by Weekend Update to call Colin Jost a “sexy vanilla muffin” and “delectable Caucasian.” He probably benefits from her incredible personality more than anyone.
Love me some Leslie Jones. The UPROXX article pretty much hit the nail on the head, but Leslie and Pete Davidson have been the shining stars through season 40’s first three episodes. She’s clearly a gifted comedian, but it’s her energy that sets her apart from the other cast members. Between her Weekend Update spots and her cameo in the ’39 Cents’ skit above, we’ve only seen her appear in racially motivated sketches, so it’ll be interesting to see how she is used outside of that type of comedy. Now that she’s officially a featured player, I’m doubly excited for Chris Rock to host. That’s a magical combination waiting to happen.