Leslie Jones


September 7, 1967


Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, TN


53 years old


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A little about Leslie

College basketball days

Jones played college basketball on a scholarship, first at Chapman University and then at Colorado State University. The reason she transferred is because her coach left Chapman for Colorado State.

Going on hiatus

Early in her stand-up career, she opened for Jamie Foxx. Unfortunately, she had a bad experience and was booed by the audience, which made her question her ability, and she stopped performing for three years.

Oldest cast member at Saturday Night Live

In 2014, she made her debut as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. At age 47, she is the oldest to join as a cast member (surpassing Michael McKean and George Coe, who were 46 when they joined the show in 1994 and 1975, respectively).

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How long it takes to find your voice and become funny

It takes 10 years to become funny, first of all. You don't start thinking about your voice until you REALLY realize that you're funny. I pretty much know who I am as a person, so that's why my voice is so real. Because I'm honest. It took me a long time to accept myself, people, and once I did, it was on and crackin.'


Anything X-Men or has Wolverine involved. I love magic movies. I love sports movies like "Hoosiers" I live for the underdog story. "Remember the Titans" is one of my favorite movies. At the end of the movie, when the quarterback blocked for the runner, I was in tears yelling "TEAMWORK!!!"
First of all, sit your parents down, and tell them that you want to be paid for something the rest of your life that you have passion for. And tell them, "Let's make a deal. If this doesn't work for the first five years, then I'll go and be a doctor." That's kind of like the deal I had with my dad, because I was on full athletic scholarship, and I wanted to quit to become a comedian. Basically... I just quit and became a comedian and he didn't approve. But he DID approve after he saw how funny I was. In saying that, if you want to be a writer, then concentrate on being a writer. If you want to be an actor, concentrate on being an actor, because they're two different things. I got hired as a...
The hours. We work on each show FOREVER. Another thing I didn't expect - how good EVERYBODY is at their job. Like, EVERYBODY.
To keep things fresh, have sex in as many different places as you can. Role-playing is always fun. And you know what turns a girl on more than anything? Take out the trash sometimes!
The first time I heard "Pornstars!" It was the Jonah Hill episode. "One time I thought I banged Seal Team Six... but it was actually just sixteen seals. I was like, 'Thanks, America!'" I remember I made them keep that joke in there!
Richard Pryor, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg (of course), Redd Foxx, Louis C.K. and Bill Burr.
Richard Pryor. He was literally my everything.
It was the first sketch I ever did. I got confused with stage direction, and literally did not know what color I was on the cue cards, so I just froze! Hey people, it's live TV, and the experience has made me a better performer. AND took away the fear of being in sketches!
Literally, just walked into Lorne's office and he said, "Hey, we're just going to make you into a cast member." And I said, "...who?!"