Leslie Jones Is Saturday Night Live's New Featured Player

This morning, Saturday Night Live announced that Leslie Jones will join the show's featured player cast after she served as a writer on the show last season. She’ll start on October 25 during the episode hosted by Jim Carrey and featuring Iggy Azalea.

Leslie Jones joins featured player Sasheer Zamata to make this the first time in SNL history that the show has featured more than one African-American female cast member.

Before SNL, Leslie Jones had a one hour comedy special, Problem Child, on Showtime and featured at Just For Laughs festival in Montreal as well as the Aspen Comedy Festival.

She also joins female repertory players Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Vanessa Bayer. These women are all hilarious; join us for a look back at some of their funniest moments to celebrate SNL’s strengthened female cast.


Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant perfectly capture teen angst and BFF tension in Girlfriend Talk Show. It's especially great with Miley Cyrus as the cool girl, or cute boy Trevor.

In an digital short from last holiday season, the women of SNL spoofed the Pussycat Dolls in (Do It On My) Twin Bed. Even better, Jimmy Fallon guest stars, and everyone dances in front of photos of their young selves.

Sasheer Zamata made her SNL debut with Drake's episode, when she played Rihanna.

Sasheer Zamata and Vanessa Bayer played Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton in a passive aggressive Mother's Day showdown. All's well that ends with a, "Live from Saturday Night!"

Noel Wells, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, and Vanessa Bayer starred in SNL's GIRLS promo, featuring special guest Tina Fey as "new girl" Blerta.

Vanessa Bayer is known for her Miley Cyrus impression, which she eventually got to do in front of the real Miley (who was playing Justin Bieber).