“Saturday Night Live,” NBC’s long-running late-night comedy program, announced the hiring of Punkie Johnson.

Johnson is a writer/comedian and paid performer at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, Calif. She is also a vocal Black lesbian.

“It’s fun being a dyke,” said Johnson in a 2018 stand-up gig at the Laugh Factory in Chicago. “You know why it’s fun being a dyke because I love women and I hate people judging me for loving the most beautiful creature God has ever made in this world. Women! Oh My God! I love you bitches, man. Ya’ll so soft and cute and cuddly. Ya’ll don’t have no hair on ya’ll big toes. Ya’ll know how to clean a bathroom, ya’ll some fabulouso-hoes, I love you.”

Johnson joins Kate McKinnon and Bowen Yang as the show’s LGBT cast members. 

“Congrats to @Punkiejohnson for being the first Black, openly #LGBTQ+ comedian to star on @nbcsnl! We can’t WAIT to watch her!” tweeted Equality California. 

SNL rolls out its 46th season with five consecutive episodes beginning Oct. 3.


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