The story broke last night that Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad are the newest cast-members to be joining this season’s cast of Saturday Night Live. I’ve been thinking about this post for a few days, ever since I found out but was sworn to secrecy, knowing that when the news finally, officially broke I would have to (and also WANT TO) write about it. In the end, I think the best way to go about it is just honesty: Jenny Slate is a really great friend of mine, and I could not be happier or prouder or more excited about this amazing news. So, you know, AHHHHHHHHH.
If it wasn’t this it would have been something else. Jenny’s star been had on the rise. Her work with performing and writing partner (and other wonderful friend) Gabe Liedman has always been top notch but keeps getting better. The weekly stand-up show she and Gabe host with Max Silvestri in Brooklyn, Big Terrific, was voted the Best of the Year by Time Out New York last year. Jenny’s one woman how at the UCB, Jenny Slate: dead Millionaire was a huge success. She will play one of Jason Schwartzman’s girlfriends on HBO’s new show Bored to Death this fall. And she was the nefarious secretary, “Jenny,” in 7th Floor West, the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Hills-parodying mini-series. But it isn’t something else, it’s Saturday Night Live, and that is incredible.
Jenny is one of the funniest and most talented people I know, and being on SNL has been a lifelong dream of hers. I feel like a mom cleaning Jenny’s face off with a pocket-Kleenex covered in spit, telling her what a precious little wonder she is. But, you guys, great things can happen in this world! Let’s paint, exercise, and all get on the shows we most want to be on! Jenny is going to be so famous! Nnnnn…..IT’S EXCITING!
Oh, and congratulations to Nasim Pedrad as well. Welcome to Hug Town: Population Yay!