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Get Familiar With SNL's Newest Cast Member, Ego Nwodim, With These 5 Skits

The Nigerian-American comedian has been on the comedy grind for some time now, here's where you might have seen her before.

Last week, Saturday Night Live (SNL) announced its newest cast members and one young comedian in particular got our attention: Nigerian-American actress and comedian Ego Nwodim.

The comedian has landed a coveted spot on the storied variety show, which has helped jumpstart the careers of many legendary comedians. Her addition is significant as the show has often drawn criticism for its mostly white cast. Nwodim follows in the footsteps of folks like Yvonne Hudson—the first black woman to join the cast in 1980, Maya Rudolph and Leslie Jones.

Prior to joining the cast, the Baltimore-born talent, was honing her comedic chops as a regular at the improvisational theatre and training center the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) in Los Angeles, where she created the highly relatable one-woman show "Great Black Women…and Then There's Me." She decided to pursue comedy fully, only after earning a degree in biology from the University of Southern California—how very Nigerian of her, am I right?


Nwodim has also made guest appearances on TV shows like 2 Broke Girls, Law and Order: The Menendez Murders, Adam Ruins Everything, and more. Her resume doesn't stop there, she featured on popular comedy podcasts like Comedy Bang Bang, Hollywood Handbook, and Spontaneanation. She's also appeared in a number of "Funny or Die" skits, which you can check out below.

As we prepare for the premiere of SNL's 44th season this Saturday, September 29, check out 5 laugh-worthy clips below that will help you get more familiar with Nwodim's work.

In this skit from Funny or Die from last year, Nwodim plays a particularly "mad" Maya Angelou and as the video's description reads "unleashes her poetic wrath upon Ivanka Trump, Scott Baio, and SheaMoisture."


This one's called "Egg Kelly Takes Out Her Weave"—and well, the title pretty much tells you all you need to know.


In this popular Funny or Die clip, Nwodim takes part in a support group for women who didn't like the recent Wonder Woman film and the "trauma" they've faced as a result.


In this short skit, Nwodim, makes us realize how lowkey creepy one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time actually is—when you really think about it.


In another Funny or Die clip, the comedian claims to be the baby mother to the dots in US rapper D.R.A.M.'s name, and in true "Maury"-esque style, wants to prove the paternity on national television. Yeah it sounds outlandish because it is. Watch below to find out if D.R.A.M. is, in fact, the father.

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"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

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