Fresh off Netflix comedy special, ‘SNL' writer Sam Jay lands weekly late night HBO show

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After making a splash with her Netflix comedy special, Sam Jay is getting her very own weekly late night show on HBO.

On Tuesday, the premium cable network announced its order for the “Saturday Night Live” writer to host the currently untitled show, set to premiere in 2021.

Through his A Penny For Your Thoughts imprint, “Insecure” showrunner Prentice Penny has been tapped to executive produce the untitled half-hour series, which joins “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” in the weekly late-night space dominated by HBO.

Jay, who identifies as gay, will tackle the top trending topics in urban and world culture for the week including race, politics, sexual identity, science, celebrity, religion, and more — and examines them from her unique and subversive point of view.

“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,” Jay said in Tuesday’s announcement. “So everyone wear your mask and vote so I can make my TV show! Thaaaanks!”

The 38-year-old Atlanta, raised in Boston, garnered acclaim for her first one-hour comedy special, “Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning,” this summer. A two-time Emmy Award nominee, Jay released her hi-hop mixtape styled comedy album “Donna’s Daughter” via Comedy Central Records in 2019.

Her acting credits include a recurring role on TV Land’s “Nobodies,” a guest star role on “Broad City” and appearances on Starz’s “Take My Wife,” and Viceland’s “Party Legends.”

“I’m so excited to create this project with Sam as I think she’s one of the best comic minds today,” added Penny. “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.”


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