Leslie Jones has a featured profile in this week’s New Yorker Magazine. Titled Ready for Prime Time: After 25 Years on the Road Leslie Jones Becomes a Star, the lengthy article talks to Leslie about her time as a stand-up comic, her SNL gig and Ghosbusters.
Some highlights from the article:
Talking about her Showtime special from 2010:
The opening of her special also allows her to pivot quickly to pantomime, one of her greatest comedic skills. Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, likes to say that an anchor should be interesting even with the TV on mute. Jones has similar thoughts about comedy. “People get hung up on writing smart shit,” she said. “To me, it’s more about performance. Lucille Ball and Moms Mabley, they had face. Before they even said a word, they made you crack up.” Paul Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids” and other comedies, compared Jones to Will Ferrell and Chris Farley: “They all have the ability to take a larger-than-life persona and present it in a real, accessible way.”
On her Saturday Night Live audition:
An “S.N.L.” audition is notoriously tough: the studio is dark and cavernous, and the producers sit silently near the back. Jones recalled, “I got onstage, took the mike out of the stand, and went, ‘Nope. Y’all are gonna have to move up to where I can see you.’ And Lorne got his ass up and moved.”
I would have too!
It’s cool to see the big, brash Back woman become a star without having to compromise or tone down her persona. Leslie deserves this.