Sam started performing stand-up around the age of 29 in Boston. The 38-year-old, who joined the SNL in 2017 and became the show’s first Black lesbian staff writer, brought the show some of its funniest skits in recent memory, including the Neo-Confederate Meeting sketch, John Mulaney’s Cha Cha Slide piece, and “Permission,” the rap video about consent, and Black Jeopardy, which she co-wrote.

Sam grew up a fan of the sketch show, and cites Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey as some of the cast members who kept her tuning in. “I mean, I think it’s a show that like you just go through phases, so there was a time when I watched it, and there was a time that I stopped,” she told INTO

But now that she writes for SNL, she tells Fast Company she brings “what I know I can bring — and that is being authentic.” “And in that, there will be a Black voice and a queer voice, and a voice of a woman, because I am all those things, and I can’t contain those things and those things are always going to be expressed through my artistic endeavors. But I don’t want anyone depending on me to do something because I may not do what you want done.”

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