If you’ve ever watched comedy festival Just For Laughs or Aspen Comedy Festival, then you may know who Leslie Jones is. Or let's say, she is the one who played the part of Patty Tolan in Ghostbusters.
Money won’t create success, but the freedom to make it does. And that's how Leslie Jones made her Net worth, working on SNL and doing what she does best-comedy.
How rich is Leslie Jones? How does the actress from Memphis, Tennessee spend her money? Let's find all out in detail.
How Much Is Leslie Jones' Net Worth?
Leslie Jones currently has a net worth of $5 million. She earns somewhere around $12,500 per episode in Saturday Night Live. Her main source of income is her career as a comedian.
Leslie has reportedly already made 1 million dollar fortune with Saturday Night Live and by endorsing brands like ABC. Her favorite brand is ELLE.
Leslie Jones resides in Los Angeles and you can see her performing at The Comedy Store, The Improv Hollywood, The Laugh Factory, etc.
How Did Leslie Jones Get into Saturday Night Live?
Leslie Jones is yet to win any awards but has already been nominated for 13 prestigious awards, like the BET awards, Oscar awards, Eddie, and Chicago Film Critics Association award. Prior to fame, Leslie worked as a radio DJ in high school. Leslie started her stand-up career in 1987 during college.
Leslie won the Funniest Person on Campus contest, after moving to LA for continuing her career. It slowly became easy for her to book prime gigs to make ends meet, but Leslie till felt as if she was getting sidelined as a female comedian.
Leslie went to Comedy Store (where renowned stars like Robin Williams and David Letterman got their start) where she accomplished a lot at odd hours.
“I went to the Booker and I threw the race card at him. ‘Why you won’t let me go up at ten on a Friday? ’Cause I’m black?’”
Chris Rock saw her perform there and hurled her to Lorne Michaels, the SNL creator. In the fall of 2013, Saturday Night Live held a casting call in order to a s sist at least one African-American woman to the show, and Jones auditioned. Thereafter, Jones was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live. She made her first appearance on SNL in 2014 at a Weekend Update segment.
While Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes were hired as writers, Sasheer Zamata was chosen as a featured host. Jones was seen during the Weekend Update segment of the 3rd May 2014 episode hosted by Andrew Garfield. At the time, her jokes regarding current dating problems with potential effectiveness as a breeding slave were met with controversy.
Leslie appeared in the first and third episodes of the 40th season, hosted by Bill Hader. On 20th October 2014, she was further supported to cast as a featured character and made an official debut on 25th October 2014 episode hosted by Jim Carrey.
Image: Leslie Jones, SNL comedy actor
Jones' addition marked the first time in Saturday Night Live history when show's character included over one African-American woman. Beyond that, the SNL’s 40th season has the most African-American cast members to date.
Quick facts about Leslie Jones
- Leslie Jones began her professional career as a stand-up comedian performing at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.
- Leslie, 49-year-old comedy star, went to Katt Williams's It's Pimpin' Pimpin' tour in 2008.
- Jones grabbed attention on social media and in the press as a Team USA “Superman” at the 2016’s Olympic Games.
- Leslie Jones appeared in a 2016 ad campaign for Allstate Insurance with fellow comedian Adam DeVine.