SNL Hires Two Black Female Writers

In 2014, funny is getting a much need dose of both color and class!

Saturday Night Live has kickstarted the year by taking heed to their fans overwhelming demand for more representations of women of color. Two African-American women have  been added to the sketch comedy show’s staff of writers.

Def Comedy Jam and Comic View alum, Leslie Jones, and Florida news reporter turned actress-comediene, Lakendra Tookes caught the eye of SNL producers during a recent casting call, which was the first in the show’s history to focus specifically on women of color.

With the recent addition of the show’s first African-American female cast member in five years, it appears that SNL is well on its way to making 2014 a comeback year for diversity in comedy. We’ll be sure to tune in and support Zamata, Jones, and Tookes as the late night TV favorite proceeds in its 39th season.

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