Jimmy’s “assistant” Jenny

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Breaking news in the SNL world: Lorne Michaels has hired two new castmembers for season 35! When I heard the news I could hardly believe it–I really didn’t think he’d hire anyone before the start of the new season on September 26th. However, the next bit of news surprised me even more: Both new castmembers are female. Wow. This is VERY surprising–shocking even.
Let me elaborate. Last season, Lorne hired 2 female castmembers, Abby Elliott & Michaela Watkins. They were added primarily to counteract the departure of Amy Poehler, plus in my opinion, they were hired to support the standout of the show, Kristen Wiig. Now, with the news coming today, there could be 6, that’s right, 6 female castmembers. Before I give further reaction and commentary, let me briefly introduce you to our newbies:

jenny

Jenny Slate is a comedian from Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of Columbia University and starred in her one-woman show “Dead Millionaire” at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB). She also had a weekly show with comedy partner Gabe Liedman called “Gabe and Jenny.” However, most people may recognize her from a recent Verizon TV ad, and her role as Jimmy Fallon’s assistant in the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” miniseries “7th Floor West.”

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