SNL writer Sam Jay gets late-night show on HBO

Sam Jay (Image courtesy HBO)
Sam Jay (Image courtesy HBO) /

Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay will host a weekly late-night television show for HBO

HBO is expanding its late-night television roster. The network announced that Saturday Night Live writer and comedian Sam Jay will host a weekly show starting in 2021. The untitled project will be executive produced by Insecure‘s Prentice Penny.

The show will air weekly on HBO and address the topics that interest Jay, allowing her to offer commentary from her point of view. According to HBO, fans should expect issues related to “race, politics, sexual identity, science, celebrity, religion, and more” coved by Jay.

Jay’s show will join HBO’s already popular lineup of late-night television shows that includes Real Time with Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Both of those shows were recently renewed, indicating that HBO has big plans to invest in late-night television.

Sam Jay already has an impressive comedy resume

Sam Jay joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live in 2017 and a rapid ascension through the stand-up comedy world. She was discovered by SNL at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival and released a Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… special within two years of moving to Los Angeles from Boston. Jay has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and her Netflix special Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning was released earlier this year.

Jay is behind some of the most popular sketches in recent Saturday Night Live history. It’s even more impressive considering she did not come from a sketch background and had to learn on the job how to filter her comedy through the lens of sketch writing.

Sketches written or co-written by Jay include “Them Trumps” with Kenan Thompson, “Confederate Meeting” with Adam Driver, “Cha Cha Slide” with John Mulaney, and “Black Jeopardy” with Eddie Murphy.

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