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SNL writer Sam Jay lands a weekly HBO late-night show

  • After starring in her first Netflix standup special 3 in the Morning last month, Jay is teaming with Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny on a weekly 30-minute late-night show on HBO. Jay, who joined SNL's writing staff in October 2017, is developing a show with Penny that would focus on the top trending topics in urban and world culture for the week from her unique perspective, including race, politics, sexual identity, science, celebrity, religion and more. “Sam is fiercely funny, provocative, and a complete original. Her comedy seamlessly glides between vulnerability and grit, and she always makes you see the world in a whole new way,” said HBO executive vice president of programming Nina Rosenstein. “Joining forces with Prentice to bring Sam’s talent to late-night is a perfect fit.” Jay said of her talk show: “I’m really excited to bring my point of view to late-night television and have felt nothing but support creatively from HBO and A Penny For Your Thoughts. So everyone wear your mask and vote so I can make my TV show.” Penny said of teaming with Jay: "When I first started thinking about this idea, I knew I wanted to create it with someone who was smart, funny, irreverent, and boundary-pushing. Someone who would elevate it to a place that not only challenges the culture, but challenges all of us to think different and be better. Sam is undoubtedly that person."

    TOPICS: Sam Jay, HBO, Pause with Sam Jay, Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning, Nina Rosenstein, Prentice Penny, Late Night