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How Sam Jay Handles SNL’s ‘Predominantly White Space’

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As I wrote when I returned from this year’s South by Southwest festival, I got to see a ton of stand-up comedy sets during my week in Austin, Texas. But nothing I saw came close to topping the experience of watching Sam Jay.

Just six years into her career as a comedian, Jay has become one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world. After joining Saturday Night Live as a writer in the fall of 2017, the Atlanta-born, Boston-raised comic put out her first album Donna’s Daughter and delivered a tight 15-minute banger of a set for Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup.

Now, as she tells me in this bonus episode of The Last Laugh podcast from SXSW, she’s working towards putting out her first hour special. You can expect her career to really blow up when it arrives.

I got to sit down with Jay, who brought her girlfriend along, at Rooster Teeth studios in Austin where we drank a couple of beers and talked about how she got started in comedy and what it was like to join the writing staff on SNL not long after that show came under fire for its lack of black female voices. Jay may be a lot more laid back offstage than she is on it, but nevertheless, she had a lot to say.

Highlights from our conversation are below and you can listen to the whole thing right now by subscribing to The Last Laugh on Apple Podcasts, the Himalaya app or wherever you listen to........

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