New York - Saturday Night Live is giving its on-screen diversity another boost. NBC says the comic institution is adding Leslie Jones to its cast.
The African-American comedian wins her on-camera role after serving as a writer on the show last season.
Jones has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. She starred in a one-hour comedy special Problem Child on Showtime.Check out Leslie Jones in action on SNL:
She came to SNL in January, along with fellow writer LaKendra Tookes as well as Sasheer Zamata, who was signed to join the cast at that time.Jones shared the good news with her fans on Twitter.
It's official I'm a cast member!!! Get ready! Get ready!! @nbcsnl— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) October 20, 2014
It's official I'm a cast member!!! Get ready! Get ready!! @nbcsnl
Those hirings came after SNL had been criticized for a lack of diversity, particularly the absence of any black women among the regular or featured players.
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