Leslie Jones is an American comedian and actress. She is also a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live. She also appeared in the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. Leslie also starred in Ghostbusters (2016) as Patty Tolan.
Leslie Jones was born on September 7, 1967, in Memphis, Tennessee. She had an Army father. Leslie completed her high school study from Lynwood, California. She also played basketball during that time. She had a natural advantage because she is six feet tall. After that, she attended Chapman University. Then she moved to Colorado State University. Finally, she completed her major in communications. She also worked as a Radio DJ at Chapman.
Jones started to do stand-up comedy in college in 1987. She won the “Funniest Person on Campus” contest. Then she moved to Los Angeles. At that time, she frequently performed at regular clubs. After that, she moved to New York City for two years. she appeared on BET’s ComicView before returning to Los Angeles. Then she performed at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood. But she received some bad review at that time. As a result, she stopped performing for three years.
In December 2013, Saturday Night Live held a casting call to add at least one African-American woman to the show, and Jones auditioned. She was hired as a writer. Leslie appeared during the Weekend Update segment of the May 3, 2014, episode hosted by Andrew Garfield, where her jokes about her current dating problems and her potential effectiveness as a breeding slave were met with controversy.
In 2014, Jones appeared in Chris Rock‘s directing debut, Top Five. In 2015, Jones appeared in the Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer project, Trainwreck; reportedly Apatow and Schumer wrote a part specifically for Jones after seeing her turn in Top Five.
After that, in 2016, she starred in the reboot Ghostbusters as Patty Tolan, alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon.
Born: September 7, 1967, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Height: 6′ 0″
Education: Colorado State University
Show: Saturday Night Live
Siblings: Ta’Rhonda Jones
- Home Is Where the Hart Is (1987)
- A Feeling Called Glory (2000)
- National Security (2003)
- Repos (2006)
- Something Like a Business (2010)
- Trainwreck (2015)
- Masterminds (2016)
- Ghostbusters (2016) (2016)
- We Are Family (2016)