Annette Jones (born September 7, 1967), better known as Leslie Jones, is an American comedian and actress.
Jones is best known for serving as a cast member on the long-running NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, starting with its fortieth season in 2014. Originally hired as just a writer, she made her on-camera debut during a segment of "Weekend Update", and was soon promoted to featured cast member on the strength of her initial appearance.
With her promotion, she became the oldest-ever person to join the SNL cast — aged forty-seven at the time — and also helped mark the first time the show had two black women in its cast at any point throughout its run (the other being Sasheer Zamata). In 2017, she joined a select few SNL cast members to receive an Emmy nomination for their performance on the show.
- Top Five (2014) as Lisa
- Saturday Night Live (2014 — present) as herself / various characters
- Trainwreck (2015) as Angry Subway Patron
- Ghostbusters (2016) as Patty Tolan
- Sing (2016) as Meena's mother (voice)
Leslie Jones provides examples of the following tropes:
- Ascended Fangirl: Her enthusiasm for things she enjoys has gotten her hired by them on more than one occasion. She's a massive fan of The Blacklist and was offered a guest-starring role in an episode because of it, while her obsessive following of NBC's 2016 Summer Olympics coverage led to the network inviting her to Rio as a guest commentator.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Her live tweeting of the Summer Olympics went viral due to her frantic and loud commentary, but when one road cyclist took a nasty spill, she went dead quiet.
- Older Than They Look: Has the energy of someone over 20, looks well over 30, but as of season 44 of SNL she's turned 50!.
- Third-Person Person: One integral part of her standup routine, later ported into SNL, is her gratuitous use of "a bitch" in this context."CAN A BITCH GET A BEEF BOWL?!"
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: The other integral part of her routine.