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Leslie Jones’ Book Tour Features Seth Meyers and "Good Friend" Kenan Thompson

The Saturday Night Live alum and longtime standup comic's kicking off a book tour for her memoir, which features a foreword by Chris Rock. 

By Samantha Vincenty

Leslie Jones has spent much of her life onstage making people laugh, as both a five-season Saturday Night Live cast member and a longtime standup comic. In Leslie F***ng Jones: A Memoir, the comedian recounts stories from childhood and her days starting out in comedy, in addition to the array of wild experiences she's had throughout her career. And it's all told from Jones' distinctively hilarious point of view. 

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"I’m sharing it all in these pages," Jones wrote in a press release touting the book on her site. "It’s not easy being a woman in comedy, especially when you’re a tall-ass Black woman with a trumpet voice."

Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones singing together during the Gospel Brunch skit on Saturday Night Live.

Lucky for late night fans, Jones is kicking off a six-date book tour on the same day as her memoir's release on September 19—and the first date features a conversation with fellow SNL alum Seth Meyers.

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While Jones' and Meyers' time on the sketch comedy show barely overlapped (Jones started as a writer in the second half of season 39, just before Meyers departed to host Late Night with Seth Meyers), Jones made it clear in a 2020 Late Night interview that Meyers was a vocal supporter of her talent early on. The two went on to make "Game of Jones," a delightful recurring Late Night feature in which Meyers and Jones reacted to episodes of Game of Thrones together.

On September 11, Jones announced that her "good friend" Kenan Thompson, SNL's longest-running cast member, will play interviewer during her Philadelphia tour stop on September 22. In August of 2022, Jones was on hand to deliver a speech when Thompson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "We had some great times and some great memories," she said at the time. "Kenan, I want to tell you that I have learned from you immensely."

For more information on Leslie Jones' book and tour, check out her website.

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Leslie Jones and Seth Meyers smiling and posing together on a plaid couch.

Leslie Jones book tour 2023 dates 

Tuesday, September 19 – New York, NY – Symphony Space (with Seth Meyers)

Wednesday, September 20 – Washington, DC – Sixth & I (with Tiffany Cross)

Thursday, September 21 – Baltimore, MD – Enoch Pratt Free Library 

Friday, September 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books (with Kenan Thompson)

Wednesday, September 27 – San Francisco, CA – City Arts and Lectures (with Jasmine Guillory)

Thursday, September 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Barnes & Noble