Comic Sam Jay – Fresh AirOn her HBO show, PAUSE with Sam Jay, the SNL alum talks with with friends and fellow comics about topics like queer culture, relationships, and racism in America. Sam Jay came out in her 20s and much of her comedy is about her relationship with her fiancé, and the life she had prior to coming out. We talk about the show, writing "Black Jeopardy" sketches for SNL, and losing her mother when she was a teen. John Powers reviews a new collection of work by the writer Maxine Hong Kingston.
PAUSE with Sam Jay on HBO is Unlike Any Other Late-Night Show You’ve Ever SeenComedian Sam Jay is truly an original and ‘PAUSE with Sam Jay’ on HBO is fully redefining what a late-night show can do. Newsweek’s H. Alan Scott spoke with Sam about the show, how she comes up with the ideas she’ll focus on, and how she deals with the sometimes very personal topics she tackles on the show.
Pause with Sam Jay on HBO MaxSam Jay is a stand-up comic and Emmy-nominated writer. You might know her best from her 2020 Netflix special Three in the Morning or for her work as a writer on Saturday Night Live. She stars in the Peacock series Bust Down which she co-created. And Sam is the writer, co-creator and host of Pause with Sam Jay on HBO and HBO Max. The show follows her as she explores a variety of topics and divisive cultural issues through a series of chats with her friends as well as sketches and interviews. Pause with Sam Jay is one of the most original series in a long time. There isn't any other show like this on TV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ch 3You can spend a lifetime trying to beat the clock, but you can’t beat your opponent until you stop listening for the bell and start fighting for your dream. More info: "Pause with Sam Jay," on HBO: https://www.hbo.com/pause-with-sam-jay
Ch 2Sometimes you have to leave home to find your place in the world, and your family to find out who you are: That journey will take you to a place you don’t recognize, a self you’ve never seen before. In Atlanta, Sam realizes sometime in her 20s that she has to grow up again--and along the way, uncovers more of her identity. “I just kept leaning into me.”
Ch 1She’s written her name on the wall at SNL; she’s written her own show on HBO ("Pause with Sam Jay"). But being more than her identity is her signature. When you see a fighter in the ring surrounded by her corner, you assume the corner is there to help her win her fight. But what if the fighter is there to help them win theirs? Meet Sam Jay.
The Last LaughJust six years into her career as a comedian, Sam Jay has become one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world. After joining ‘Saturday Night Live’ as a writer in the fall of 2017, the Atlanta-born, Boston-raised comic put out her first album ‘Donna’s Daughter’ and delivered a tight 15-minute banger of a set for Netflix’s ‘The Comedy Lineup.’ We recorded this very special bonus episode of ‘The Last Laugh’ from the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
Touré ShowSam Jay is a writer for SNL and a stand up comic and this is a great interview about her development as a person. She couldn’t show up in comedy as her best self until she realized who she really was. Let me know what you think!
Late Night Whenever with Michelle ButeauNever travel with too-tight pants, and more advice from Michelle’s days as a movie star. Comedians Sam Jay and Aparna Nancherla grace the stage. Plus, Michelle gives Rob a new nickname!
The Book of Ye with Rob Haze and Chris Daniels “Spaceship” (w/ Sam Jay)After a prolific June for Ye, Chris & Rob sit down with comedian Sam Jay (Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup, Donna’s Daughter) to talk Kanye fandom, Drake’s latest album “Scorpion”, Drake vs. Pusha T, Jay Z’s relationship with Kanye, and more. Later, they discuss “Spaceship” off The College Dropout. — CONNECT W/ THE BOOK OF YE ON TWITTER (@BookOfYe) for episode updates, conversations with the Book Of Ye community, and behind-the scenes photos/videos: twitter.com/bookofye PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AND RATE US on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. 5 Stars!! Good Reviews!! THE BOOK OF YE IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/book-of-ye/
Inside the Closet Episode 21: Secret Meat w/ Sam Jay#InsideTheCloset is thrilled to welcome the incredibly talented and funny Sam Jay. The SNL writer sits down with Emma and Matteo to talk about the freakiest sex, answer some rapid fire fan questions, and give us all tips on how to have game. This time, even Barbara is in. Follow Emma - @EmmaWillmann http://www.emmacomedy.com/ Follow Matteo - @MatteoLane https://www.matteolanecomedy.com/ Follow Same - @SamJayComic Follow us on Facebook at Inside The Closet Podcast, and send your questions to [email protected]
Ready Set Blow – Ep. 29 Sam JaySam Jay is a Boston-bred and now L.A.-based comedian. You can catch her on Viceland’s Party Legends and watch her weekly on MTV’s SafeWord. She will be taping her Comedy Central special at The Stand in NYC on September 21. Sam joins the fellas in their hotel for some drinks and a lot of laughs in this really fun episode of the RSB Podcast. The episode opens with some Vegas party stories and how women shouldn’t be “frumpy” in the VIP. The crew moves on to discuss the difficulties of dating a comedian. The trio gets into a little history - Sam technically being responsible for the RSB podcast’s existence, Sam’s start in comedy, making teachers cry and growing up in between the Millennial and Gen-X era. The show moves on to a conversation about hip hop, then and now. The gang closes out the episode with a discussion about respecting the art of comedy.
Put Your Hands Together with Cam & Rhea – Sam Jay, Debra DiGiovanni, Julian McCullough, Subhah Agarwal, Roman F and hosts Cameron Esposito and Rhea ButcherCam and Rhea talk Morning Joe, The L Word and the Dodgers. Sets from Julian McCullough, Subhah Agarwal, Roman F, Sam Jay and Debra DiGiovanni.
Getting Doug with High Ep 156 Sam Jay, Jeff Grace & Alex KarpovskyDoug Benson sits down with Sam Jay, Jeff Grace & Alex Karpovsky for another episode of Getting Doug with High.
The Bechdel Cast – Star Wars: A New Hope with Sam JayRebel scum Caitlin and Jamie invite comedian Sam Jay to talk about Star Wars and how there are less than five women in the whole galaxy. (This episode contains spoilers)Follow @SamJayComic on Twitter! While you're there, you should also follow @BechdelCast, @caitlindurante and @hamburgerphone
The Comedians of Wrestling – Sam JayHOWDY COW-HEADS! Dan welcomes Sam Jay to the show to talk about Eva Marie, Summer Slam, John Cena, and (of course) speculate what McDonald's did with the old chicken nuggets.
Put Your Hands Together with Cam & Rhea – Sam Jay, Doug Mellard, Nick Flanagan, Chris Charpentier and hosts Cameron Esposito and Rhea ButcherUnmatched sets from Sam Jay, Doug Mellard, Nick Flanagan and Chris Charpentier. Chat with David Koechner, and your hosts Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher.
TV Guidance Counselor Episode 82: Sam JaySeptember 24-30, 1994 This week Ken welcomes fellow Boston Comedian Sam Jay to the show. Ken and Sam discuss the difficulty in finding Ken's home, Catholic School, cloak rooms, embarrassing incidents, demonic possession, Beverly Hills 90210, being a gay teen, being on a watch list from the Boston Archdiocese and having that lead to moving to a suburban public school, strip clubs, Atlanta, Black Williamsburg, going to college in a shopping mall, family tragedies, stand up comedy, knowing what you want to be, having cable in your room, SNICK, classic Nickelodeon, COPS, They Live, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, escapism vs. identification, Fox as the "black thing", Hating "Hey Dude", when things aren't a race thing but a taste thing, America's Most Wanted as family viewing, Stark Trek, Sisters, Lusty Sela Ward, The Simpsons, Black Bart, Flea Market bootleg clothing, Downtown Boston's Corner Mall, The Real World, Puck, AIDS, letting kids drink wine, Hardball, Married...with Children, classic MTV, how Melrose Place makes Monday night the best night in Sam's week, made for TV movies, Murphy Brown, when a monkey guest stars, Wrestling and the Ultimate Warrior, ComicView, stand up on TV, Full House, The House Party series, Baby Faced White Boys, Home Improvement, Kids in the Hall, Grace Under Fire, John Larroquette, Tori Spelling's virginity, Ken's love of modeling, the conundrum of Beavis and Butthead, Martin, being a "hater", how Janet Jackson is the best Jackson, how Ken is mad about Mad About You, My So-Called Life, Dawsome's Creek, James at 15, gay TV, Living Single, the horror of "Soul Plane", the golden age of BET, The Friday film series, New York Undercover, Seinfeld, Family Matters, TGIF, Boy Meets World, The X-Files, and believing you've been abducted by aliens.
Put Your Hands Together with Cam & Rhea – Sam Jay, James Adomian, Baron Vaughn, JF Harris, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Finn StraleyFantastic sets from James Adomian, Sam Jay, JF Harris, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Finn Straley, chat with Alingon Mitra, and your special guest host Baron Vaughn.
House Parties with Sam JayIn this episode of The Antidote, Amy and Grace connect with comedian and actress Sam Jay about the grown way to drink tequila, quick visits back home, and organizing the sweetest proposal for her fiancée. Amy and Grace share their bummer news of the week: Black doctors facing discrimination at hospitals and no sign of relief for inflation! Amy and Grace also share their antidotes for the week, which include watching Girls5eva and savoring pesto pasta! This week’s Creative Tap-In: “I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers, only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.” -Grace Hartigan
TOUR DATES 2022
Thursday, August 25 – Sunday, August 28
Atlanta Comedy Theater
Norcross, GA, USA
Thursday, September 8– Saturday, September 10
Arlington, TX, USA
Friday, September 23 -Saturday, September 24
The Den Theatre
Chicago, IL, USA
Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1
The Comedy Attic
Bloomington, IN, USA
Thursday, October 27 – Saturday, October 29
The Comedy Club of Kansas City
Kansas City, MO, USA
Standup comic and Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay is gifted with the ability to speak to nearly anyone about anything, a talent that's on full display in her variety talk show Pause with Sam Jay on HBO. But you won't find Jay sitting behind a desk, performing a monologue of jokes or interviewing celebrity guests. Instead she hosts a house party full of friends and family members, and over the course of a few drinks and a lot of laughter, a playful and passionate discussion emerges on a cultural topic that's usually divisive...
What’s It Like For Your Star to Rise During a Pandemic? Sam Jay Was Too Busy Working on Six Projects to Find Outby Michael Schneider - 06.01.22
How did you spend your pandemic? Here’s how Sam Jay got through these past two years: Her Netflix special “Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning” debuted in July 2020. While continuing to work as a writer on “Saturday Night Live,” she also wrote on HBO Max’s “That Damn Michael Che,” served as a consulting producer on NBC’s “Kenan,” and then launched her own talk show, HBO’s “Pause With Sam Jay.” Still not enough? In March, Peacock debuted the comedy series “Bust Down,” which Jay co-created and stars in alongside Chris Redd, Langston Kerman and Jak Knight. With so many gigs all at once, at this year’s WGA Awards, Jay pulled off a triple nomination in the comedy/variety sketch series category for her work on “SNL,” “Michael Che” and “Pause.”...
‘PAUSE with Sam Jay’ - 05.31.22
It is queer in its subject matter. For example, Sam interviews people from the LGBTQ+ community from the white, “Subaru Gay” Communications Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force Cathy Renna and the Black “Studs 4 Studs” from Atlanta who prefer to watch straight porn. If the previous sentence contains phrases you didn’t previously know existed, congratulations: the show is doing its subtle work of educating audiences about the multitudinous nature of queer identity....
Pause Season Two - 05.30.22
Last year’s debut of the HBO series Pause with Sam Jay was more than a sleek reinvention of a late-night talk show. The series produced by the titular stand-up comedian Sam Jay, alongside Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny, offered an unfiltered look into uncomfortable conversations amongst Black millennials. Sandwiched between free-flowing styled discussions were hilariously bold skits that displayed Jay’s background as a stand-up comedian and breakout comedic writer for Saturday Night Live. ...
Sam Jay Season 2 - 05.30.22
Now playing on HBO is the second season of the Writers Guild Award-nominated late-night talk series PAUSE with Sam Jay. The eight-episode season will debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max on FRIDAY, MAY 20 (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT). Emmy-nominated stand-up comedian Sam Jay returns with her personal take on a variety of topics in a half-hour late-night talk series where conversations are further expanded with additional interviews, sketches, and animation....
The Hollywood Reporter - 06.20.19
As a queer person of color, Jay feels a responsibility to speak for her people, all of them, if not all at once. That need to sometimes "switch" from one group to another is complicated, she says, but also familiar. "Because if you're a minority, there's just a part of your life that's called switching, period. It's how you function in the world, which is wack, but facts. But I just want to be an artist, and I'm not going to cater to anybody. Sometimes that pisses white people off, sometimes it pisses black or gay people off."...
The Guardian - 05.29.19
At my mom’s funeral my Uncle Wayne was preaching and he kept catching the spirit; when the Holy Ghost enters your body and you have a physical reaction. It was funny because he was jumping up and down and was so enthused, but also mispronouncing my mom’s last name the entire time as he asked God to bless her....
Vanyaland - 05.25.19
Before launching her set into the stratosphere with a deep dive into what she thinks about the Trump administration and the hypocrisy of society as a whole with precision and direction in her frustrations (“We’re not better than Trump. We’re a nation of Golden Corral buffets.”), the now New York-based comic expressed how she was happy to be home because “she missed the racism.”...
The Daily Beast - 05.24.19
Just six years into her career as a comedian, Jay has become one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world. After joining Saturday Night Live as a writer in the fall of 2017, the Atlanta-born, Boston-raised comic put out her first album Donna’s Daughter and delivered a tight 15-minute banger of a set for Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup....
The Berkshire Eagle - 05.01.19
In addition to "Cha Cha Slide" and "Them Trumps," which imagines what would happen if the U.S. president and his family members were black, Jay helped create "Permission," a rap song about women and consent featuring Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, Lil Wayne and Future. Even though her material may ultimately be seen and heard by millions of people, Jay isn't nervous when she watches the show herself....
Billboard - 01.28.19
Her journey to realizing she is a lesbian is done in this really profane and gorgeous way. It has these awesome interludes where she talks to her friend, almost like commentary on the bit that came before, and then rougher versions of the bit that’s coming. That’s how half of comedy gets done: You’re just talking to your friends, and stuff comes out of that....
Exclaim! - 01.08.19
As music has always been a central part of her life, she didn't abandon it completely; Donna's Daughter was produced by Coach Tea and contains sporadic beats and "skit-like" interludes, mostly derived from secretly recorded conversations and field recordings, that make it sound as much like a hip-hop mixtape as it does a standup record. Even in a sparsely confessional realm like standup, Sam Jay's Donna's Daughter feels pointedly raw and direct and she is a voice on the rise....
UPROXX - 08.10.18
In July, Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay joined seven other comics for the first part of Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup, a batch of short, 15-minute sets recorded back in February at Atlanta’s Terminal West. At around the same time her debut album, Donna’s Daughter, was released by Comedy Central Records. Available as a CD and on streaming at places like Amazon, Spotify, and iTunes, the album’s content has been compared favorably to the late comedy legend Patrice O’Neal...
Comedy Hype - 08.01.18
This past July, comedian Sam Jay out of Boston, would release her first ever comedy album, ‘Donna’s Daughter’. The project, which was released on Comedy Central Records is a milestone for the stand-up comedian we first ran across back in 2013. Since then, Sam’s hard work has paid off as she recently was featured on Netflix’s ‘Comedy Lineup’ series. Not only has she become a respected comedian amongst her peers but she also now carries ‘SNL writer’ in her credits. Comedy Hype’s Corey Allen Tate would have a brief chat with the comedian to get a better feel of where her comedy comes from...
Paste Magazine - 07.27.18
Since we called Sam Jay one of our favorite comics at Just For Laughs last year, the Boston native has gotten a job writing for Saturday Night Live, released a half-hour on TV with an episode of Comedy Central Stand-up Presents, did a 15-minute micro-special as part of Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup, and put out an album through Comedy Central Records...
Out Magazine - 07.26.18
Prediction: Sam Jay will go down in stand-up history alongside Margaret Cho, Wanda Sykes, and Joan Rivers. Like those trailblazers, Jay is as profane as she is wise, digging into the psychology of Nazis, ass-eaters, and Trump voters while tackling her blackness, gayness, and divorce. After a season at SNL (she co-wrote “Black Jeopardy”), she’s just released her album Donna’s Daughter and appears on the Netflix special The Comedy Lineup...
New York Times - 07.25.18
Highlights include a take from the “Late Night Whenever” host, Michelle Buteau, on when it is appropriate for a man to take out his genitals; a take from the Comedy Central mainstay Jak Knight on when it is appropriate for a man to take out his genitals; and a take from the “Saturday Night Live” writer Sam Jay on when it is appropriate for a lesbian to take out a replica of a man’s genitals...
Variety - 07.18.18
Jay says her goal as a standup is to “take people to the edge and talk about the things that people are uncomfortable talking about.” “For me, it’s just about being honest and going to those places that make me laugh and finding the jokes in there,” says the performer, who frequently speaks about her experiences as an out woman of color (even her Twitter name, Snatches O’Houlihan, is a lesbian-friendly pun on a character from the movie “Dodgeball”)....
TV Guide - 07.13.18
You probably don't know any of their names yet, but if you watch these you'll be able to say "I saw them back then" after they blow up. They all have to do that thing not-famous comedians have to do where they acknowledge what they look like at the start of their set, but pretty soon they won't have to do that anymore. You'll know what they look like. Watching these sets back-to-back is the closest you can get to a comedy club experience while parked on your couch....
The Mercury News - 07.12.18
The lineup, which is co-curated by SF Sketchfest, also features Improv Superjam featuring Special Guests, Rhys Darby, James Acaster, Naomi Ekperigin, Sam Jay, Speechless: Improvised Slideshow Presentations, Eliza Skinner, Taylor Tomlinson, JR De Guzman, Pat Regan and Emily Catalan....
Decider - 07.09.18
Sam Jay explores the same premise as Tomlinson at one point – using her keys like a talon in her hand for self-defense – although Jay would rather sucker a potential rapist into biting off his manhood instead. That’s Jay in a nutshell. “I don’t even know if this the type of gay I am, but I know it keeps my rape numbers way down,” she jokes. Jay presents a riveting presence, no matter her wardrobe choices....
The Daily Dot - 07.05.18
SNL writer Sam Jay tracks back even further, saying white men have been “spiraling” for years. “We don’t know how to handle white guys needing something,” she says, before pointing to Jackass as a white male plea for help disguised as edgy entertainment: “They were nailing their dicks to boards, bro.”...
Refinery29 - 07.03.18
Binge the entire series — which, mind you, will grow later this year — and it will only take you two hours. This is gateway drug comedy, low commitment and easygoing. It's, for lack of a better term, summertime comedy....
Forbes - 07.03.18
Buteau, Jalees, Tomlinson and Knight respond to the timely happenings of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, Jay and Dillon lean into comedic tension, and Wang and Karmel play with the practice of comedy itself. There is, quite literally, something for everyone....
The AV/TV Club - 07.03.18
Whenever you’re ready, Michelle Buteau, Tim Dillon, Sabrina Jalees, Sam Jay, Ian Karmel, Jak Knight, Taylor Tomlinson, and Phil Wang are waiting for you....
Paste Magazine - 06.26.18
Boston-born, New York-based comic and Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay announced Tuesday that she is releasing her debut stand-up comedy album through Comedy Central Records in July. Jay also has a 15-minute Netflix special that is set to air on July 3 as part of Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup series, which follows her half-hour Comedy Central Presents set, released last year...
The Columbus Dispatch - 06.10.18
Sam Jay, a sly writer for ″Saturday Night Live″ with a propulsive delivery, ties the sexual harassment stories and the rise of Donald Trump to a larger trend: the decline of white men. ″We don’t know how to handle white guys needing something,″ she says, pointing to the stunts of ″Jackass″ as an early sign: ″That wasn’t a show. That was white dudes crying for help″...
The Bay Bridged - 06.06.18
A number of the biggest voices in comedy and music were at the festival, and lucky for us, our photographer Jon Bauer was there to capture this fantastic gallery below of all three days for you to check out....
Now Toronto - 05.25.18
At Comedy Bar this weekend, the frank and fearless SNL writer takes on politics, her sexual evolution and why Black men don't become serial killers...
VICE News - 12.09.17
Coming from a successful career in stand-up comedy, Sam’s still working on getting used to writing for other people. She’s also working on how she can introduce her own unique voice into the broader SNL tradition....
Vulture - 11.14.17
If you were to imagine what Patrice O’Neal might have been like if he were a bit less caustic (and also a gay woman), you’d come up with someone close to Sam Jay. Brash and brilliant, she’s just as unapologetic in her beliefs and deft at weaving jokes through onstage diatribes as O’Neal was, and similarly likable. Jay started doing stand-up in Boston, then had a relatively brief stint in L.A. before landing a gig as one of SNL’s newest writers....
The Boston Globe - 10.11.17
Sam Jay is understandably groggy when she picks up the phone. It is exactly two weeks since she found out she would be hired as a writer for the current season of “Saturday Night Live.” In that time, she has moved to New York from Los Angeles, taped an upcoming stand-up album for Comedy Central, and jumped into the whirlwind that is “SNL.”...
The Boston Globe - 07.17.14
She often gets compared to former Boston comic Patrice O’Neal, who died in 2011, because she can deliver confessional or potentially offensive material with a straight face and cool demeanor, dissecting the creepy crimes of “Law & Order: SVU” or describing how her girlfriends think she’s handy because she wears pants instead of a dress....