*Fresh from announcing it’s first black female regular cast member since the departure of Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live” is continuing to branch out with the hiring of two African-American writers.
The new writing gig comes with an ironic twist for Jones, a stand-up comedian and actress who previously auditioned for the Not Ready for Prime Time player spot that ultimately went to SNL’s new cast member, Sasheer Zamata.
Prior to being a part of SNL, Jones appeared on “Def Comedy Jam” and the sitcoms such as “The League” and “Sullivan & Son.” Tookes’ time before “Saturday Night Live included a stint as a Florida-based reporter and at iO West, where she performed.
A sketch comedy veteran from the Upright Citizens Brigade, Zamata will make her official “Saturday Night Live” debut on Jan. 18.
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