NEW YORK — Comedian Leslie Jones will likely be taking a brief whirl as host of “The Daily Show” this week, and she or he says viewers can count on her trademark — some blunt, edgy humor.
“I’m not Jon Stewart. I’m not Trevor Noah, I’m Leslie Jones. So I’ll be bringing that vulnerable honesty,” the previous “Saturday Night Live” alum joked in an interview on the eve of her new gig.
Jones’ stand-in as host on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the Comedy Central topical present yields to 4 extra upcoming weekly gigs by comedians: Wanda Sykes, D.L. Hughley, Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman.
While this week marks the primary time Jones has appeared on “The Daily Show,” she’s no stranger to MC-ing, having guest-hosted “The Ellen Show” and taking cost of ABC’s sport present revival “Supermarket Sweep.”
“No assignment to me is ever different. It’s always them asking for me. Pretty much what I come to deliver is me. So it’s not really too much different than when I used to do — updates at ‘SNL’ or doing standup, you know?” she mentioned. “It’s all talking.”
Over the years, “The Daily Show” — first hosted by Craig Kilborn, then Jon Stewart and extra not too long ago Trevor Noah — has skewered the left and proper by wanting on the day’s headlines with a jaundiced view. Noah stepped down late final yr, and no everlasting successor has but been named.
On “SNL,” three-time Emmy Award nominee Jones did impressions of Whoopi Goldberg, Serena Williams, Michelle Obama, Omarosa Manigault Newman and, most memorably, Donald Trump.
During her run from 2014 to 2019, she routinely hit on Colin Jost whereas showing on his “Weekend Update” desk, calling him issues like a “little salty oyster cracker.”
Her viral tweets earned her an NBC correspondent job on the 2016 and 2018 Olympics. She hosted the BET Awards in 2017 and starred within the 2016 “Ghostbusters” remake.
Jones mentioned she has been maintaining with every day occasions and personalities to make sure “The Daily Show” remains to be topical below her watch, however she’s additionally bought stuff deliberate.
“We got already a lot of ideas wrapped up and what we want to do and what we want the show to look like,” she mentioned. “Of course that changes with daily events. If something big happened, of course, we would have to change it for that. But, yeah, we got a lot of stuff that we already want to do.”