lakendra-tookes and leslie-jones*Fresh from announcing it’s first black female regular cast member since the departure of Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live” is continuing to branch out with the hiring of two African-American writers.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones are the newest writers to join the SNL writing team as sketch writers.

The new writing gig comes with an ironic twist for Jones, a stand-up comedian and actress who previously auditioned for the Not Ready for Prime Time player spot that ultimately went to SNL’s new cast member, Sasheer Zamata.

Prior to being a part of SNL, Jones appeared on “Def Comedy Jam” and the sitcoms such as “The League” and “Sullivan & Son.” Tookes’ time before “Saturday Night Live included a stint as a Florida-based reporter and at iO West, where she performed.

A sketch comedy veteran from the Upright Citizens Brigade, Zamata will make her official “Saturday Night Live” debut on Jan. 18.