Memphis, Tennessee, was home, until Leslie Jones' dad took a job in Los Angeles at Stevie Wonder’s radio station, KJLH, as an electronic engineer.
College first took Jones to Chapman University in Orange County on a basketball scholarship. Jones' coach left Chapman University and asked her to join him at Colorado State University. Jones didn’t care what college she was going to, anything to get out of the house. Jones wanted to be able to go to the refrigerator and eat whenever and whatever she wanted.
Jones' first time on stage was at Colorado State University. The school paper was at her performance. She won the Funniest Person on Campus and thought she was going to become a star. Jones returned to Los Angeles and got up at the Comedy Store and bombed like a 747. Next stop, outside where she threw up.
Unfazed by this experience, Jones opened up for Jamie Foxx and the DJ scratched a song through her whole set. As she watched Foxx, she realized she didn’t have anything to talk about except going to church and her uncle who stuttered. The audience booed her. Her friends were ready to fight the audience.
Jones vowed she would never step on stage again until she was ready, but it hurt her more not to go up than to go up. While attending college, she’d been a cook, waitress, cashier, and justice of the peace, where she was sworn in as the assistant to the judge and she married people who got annulments. She also sold perfume, conducted surveys, answered phones as a receptionist, and was even an interpreter who could not speak another language. None of it worked. Comedy was calling out to her!
By day, Jones worked at UPS, by night, she performed at the comedy spots around Los Angeles. With her theatre background at California State University, coupled with her natural talents, and her love of performing, Jones started getting opportunities to appear in various features, commercials, and television sitcoms. Some of which are In the House, Coach, Snap Judgment, For the Love of the Game, Malcolm & Eddie, and Girlfriends.
Finally, Jones made it to the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and landed a role in Martin Lawrence’s comedy, National Security. From Comedy Central’s Premium Blend to a regular on BET’s The Way We Do It, she’s performed at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, and won the national and regional Bacardi by Night Comedy Tour. She’s been featured on Comedy Central’s Laffapalooza!, the urban comedy arts festival. Last month, Jones completed yet another movie for Coke Daniels, called Gangsta Rap: The Glockumentary, and, on July 4, 2006, Master P’s Repos debuted on DVD.
Jones performs her wild and crazy stand up for comedy clubs and television audiences both nationwide and internationally, with appearances on Showtime at the Apollo, BET’s Comicview, the international hot television show Comedy Factor, and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in 2006. Vibe magazine featured her with a five page article and photo spread. Her extensive physical training in collegiate basketball, running, swimming, and volleyball play major roles in Jones' comedy antics.
”Comedy is in my blood. You have to want to be a comic. I hate it when people say, 'I'm going to try it out.' People don’t say, 'I’m going to try and be a doctor.' You can get killed that way. I say, 'Your life comes back around.' I finally reached one of my goals. Def Comedy Jam in 2006. Now I’m on my way. I feel incredible.”