Leslie Jones Gets Her Own Comedy Special on Netflix

Leslie Jones, the hilarious comedian known for her numerous roles on Saturday Night Live, is finally getting her due with a Netflix comedy special. The star recently visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! and talked about the new project. It will be a stand-up special and will premiere in 2020. The show is sure to be hilarious, as Jones is a veteran on SNL and has numerous projects under her belt.

The Netflix special is still untitled

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Jones’ new project is still untitled, but will be produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Some of Jones’ work includes roles in FX’s The League, Comedy Central’s Workaholics, NBC’s The Blacklist, as well as the movie Ghostbusters, and Masterminds. She has been a staple on SNL since back in 2014. She is a household name and a role model for young women.

Leslie Jones has been nominated for many awards

She’s been nominated for numerous awards for her work, including outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series at the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2017 and 2018. She is nominated this year for an Emmy in outstanding original music and lyrics for a song she co-wrote that was featured on SNL.

Numerous comedians are getting Netflix specials

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Jones isn’t alone in getting her own Netflix special. A growing number of comedians have flocked to Netflix for comedy specials. A few include Growing with Amy Schumer, Best Time of Our Lives with Adam Devine, and Sons of Patricia with Trevor Noah. Netflix has the ability to reach people everywhere and is an extremely popular streaming platform. It makes sense that comedians would pivot to another avenue to reach a mass audience.

Jones will be a part of ‘Coming 2 America’

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones is in negotiations for a part in Paramount’s sequel to Coming to America. The project is titled Coming 2 America. Craig Brewer is taking the reins as director for the follow-up comedy which will start shooting later this month.

The original movie followed Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, a very spoiled prince from a fictional African nation called Zamunda. Akeem arrives in Queens, New York, and scores a job at a local McDonald’s. He tries desperately to find a wife and hilarity ensues. The new chapter in the story shows Akeem ready to become king and learning he has a son. He must again travel back to America.

Wesley Snipes will be in the film, as well as Arsenio Hall as Akeem’s trusty man. James Earl Jones will also return as Akeem’s father. Reports don’t yet say what role Jones will play, but she is in negotiations for a part.

Jones has a role in ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’

The sequel to the highly-anticipated Angry Birds movie is here, with Leslie Jones playing a villain in the form of a purple bird named Zeta. It just goes to show that she can play anything, even a villain. Jones is certainly a talented actress and fans can’t wait to see her in her new Netflix comedy special. It premieres next year on the streaming service.