Saturday Night Ladies

by Eliza C. Thompson

Funny girls, rejoice! New York Magazine is reporting (via comedy blog The Comic’s Comic) that two comediennes will be joining the cast of Saturday Night Live for the 35th season starting September 26! No one from NBC has officially confirmed the news, but word on the street is that Lorne Michaels has hired Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad, both formerly of the famous comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade.

We’ve all heard a million times that women aren’t funny, and while anybody with a brain knows that’s not true, very few women get the chance to show off their comedy skills on the big or small screen. But the news about Jenny and Nasim makes it seem like current star Kristen Wiig and recent alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have finally convinced the higher-ups at SNL that women aren’t just funny but TOTALLY HILARIOUS.

And let’s not forget all the other fabulous SNL women of the past: Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Molly Shannon, Rachel Dratch, and Maya Rudolph, just to name a few. Here’s hoping that the writers give Jenny and Nasim a little more screen time than they have other current cast members Casey Wilson, Michaela Watkins, and Abby Elliott. Ladies know how to get laughs, too!

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