Saturday Night Live just announced several additions to the cast and writing staff. First up, American-Nigerian Ego Nwodim has joined the SNL cast as a featured player and will make her onscreen debut during the season 44 premiere. Nwodim—whose first name, for the record, is pronounced “Eggo”—already has a pretty impressive résumé. Two years ago, Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival named her one of its New Faces of Comedy. She’s also logged some stellar appearances on Comedy Bang! Bang!, and last year, she performed her one-woman show, Great Black Women . . . and Then There’s Me to a sold-out audience at the UCB Theatre. As a comedian, Nwodim is known especially for her character work—which should come in handy at her new job.
She’s also made a handful of appearances on CollegeHumor as well as on television shows (2 Broke Girls, Do You Want to See a Dead Body?, Living Biblically) and podcasts including Comedy Bang Bang, Hollywood Handbook, and Spontaneanation.
The comedian, the only performer joining the show this year, will make her debut during the Season 44 premiere next Saturday!
It’s good that Saturday Night Live isn’t satisfied with having only one black woman in the cast. Leslie Jones is hilarious, but she’s not nearly versatile enough to be able to play an array of black female characters. Nwodim will bring a whole new perspective, and hopefully, she has some range to play characters too!
Saturday Night Live is returning on September 29 with host Adam Driver and musical guest Kanye West.