facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

'Saturday Night Live' adding two African-American female writers

Jan. 8, 2014 at 1:56 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Two African-American women have joined the writing team of "Saturday Night Live" in New York, the Hollywood Reporter said.

NBC announced this week it had hired Sasheer Zamata, an African-American comedian, as a featured player on the sketch comedy series. Her first episode will be Jan. 18.

THR said Wednesday LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will be part of the writing staff starting Monday.

The three women were discovered during showcases for black, female comedians held in New York and Los Angeles after "SNL" came under fire for the lack of diversity in its cast, THR said.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Kendra Wilkinson confronts Hank Baskett about cheating scandal Kendra Wilkinson confronts Hank Baskett about cheating scandal
2
Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik not a fan of 'Frozen' Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik not a fan of 'Frozen'
3
Amy Adams stars in Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' trailer Amy Adams stars in Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' trailer
4
Kaley Cuoco on celebrity nude photo leak: 'You've gotta make fun of yourself' Kaley Cuoco on celebrity nude photo leak: 'You've gotta make fun of yourself'
5
Natalie Dormer reveals her travel essentials Natalie Dormer reveals her travel essentials
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback