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    Vermont Comedy Club
    Burlington, VT
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    Phoenix, AZ
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    Phoenix, AZ
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    Phoenix, AZ
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    House of Comedy
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Sam Jay puts her unique spin on male confidence, white guys’ “cries for help,” Trump’s Twitter tirades and the thrill of taking Uber.

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  • Comedy Now

    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...

  • Spotlight: Sam Jay Wants Her Comedy To Share Her Story

    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...

  • Sam Jay Talks Stand-up, SNL and Taking Risks in Comedy

    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...

  • Sam Jay Is Ready to Bring Back Comedy’s Edge

    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...

  • Watch the Best of Recent Netflix Comedy in This Order

    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’s 10 Comics to Watch 2018

    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”)....

  • The 10 Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials on Netflix

    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....

  • Firebrand comedian Michelle Wolf will play at SF’s Outside Lands fest

    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....

  • ‘The Comedy Lineup’ On Netflix: Not The Usual Suspects

    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 Comedy Lineup’ addresses #MeToo and social media in 15-minute bits

    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.”...

  • Your Handy Guide To Netflix’s Newest Most Bingeable Show

    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....

  • Netflix’s ‘The Comedy Lineup’ Smartly Adapts Stand-Up For The Binge-Watching Age

    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 Comedy Lineup introduces 8 of your new favorite stand-ups

    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....

  • Everything Coming To Netflix In July

    Essence - 06.27.18

    A diverse group of comedians, including Michelle Buteau, Jak Knight, and Sam Jay, take the stage to deliver laughs. Laugh along with the audience when the special drops....

  • Sam Jay Announces Debut Stand-up Album, Donna’s Daughter

    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...

  • Netflix Experiment Gives Deserving Comics Their 15 Minutes

    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″...

  • Photos: The laughs continue at the second annual Clusterfest

    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....

  • Stand-up Sam Jay’s material is funny, smart and layered

    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...

  • SNL’s Kenan Thompson and Sam Jay want to make everyone laugh

    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....

  • 20 Comedians You Should and Will Know

    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....

  • New ‘SNL’ writer Sam Jay thrives on a challenge

    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.”...

  • For Sam Jay, comedy isn’t just an act

    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....





About Sam Jay

Originally from Boston, stand-up comic Sam Jay is an Emmy Nominated Writer for “Saturday Night Live” and frequently appears in sketches.

In 2018 she made her Netflix debut  on “The Comedy Lineup” and released her Debut Album “Donna’s Daughter.”  She wrote for the “2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards” and has a recurring role on TV Land’s “Nobodies”.

In 2017, Sam was a standout of the “Just For Laughs: New Faces.”   She was the host of “Ricking Morty”, the Rick and Morty post-show on Adult Swim and  she was a cast member of MTV’s “SafeWord.”  Sam made her late night television debut on ABC’s Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel and her half-hour stand-up special premiered on Comedy Central.

She was named to the Comedy Central “Comics To Watch List” in 2015, and has since performed at the Vodafone Dublin Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, 208 Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Portland’s Bridgetown Festival, The Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Boston’s Women In Comedy Festival, and the list goes on.

Her credits also include a part in the award-winning film “Pinsky”, Starz’ “Take My Wife”, Comedy Central’s “White Flight”, “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail”,  as well as Viceland’s “Party Legends” & “Flophouse.”

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