Sam Jay - Bio, Net Worth, Age, Wife, Family, Height, Awards, Career

Sam Jay

Facts About Sam Jay

Celebrated Name Sam Jay
Age 40 Years Old
Nick Name Samaria Johnson
Birth Name Samaria Johnson
Birth Date 1982-01-13
Gender Female
Profession Stand-up Comedian , Writer
Birth Nation USA
Place Of Birth Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Religion Christian
Horoscope Capricorn
Mother Donna
Marital Status Married
Wife Yanise Monet
Sexual Orientation Lesbian
Net Worth Between $1 Million - $5 Million
Salary Thousand of Dollar
Source of Wealth Comedian and Writing Career
Height 5 ft 6 in
Weight 74 KG
Body Type Average
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
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Sam Jay is an American comedian and writer who is famous for being a writer for "Saturday Night Live" (2017–present), and her Netflix comedy special "3 in the Morning" (2020). He is also the co-creator and co-star of the HBO comedy series PAUSE with Sam Jay (2021–present) and the Peacock comedy series Bust Down (2022–present). She has been doing stand-up comedy for nearly a decade and she joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live in 2017. She earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, one in 2018 and another in 2019. In 2018, she released a comedy album called "Donna’s Daughter". 

What is Sam Jay Known For?

  • Sam Jay is a stand-up comedian and writer
  • Known as a writer for Saturday Night Live (2017–present), her Netflix comedy special 3 in the Morning (2020).
  • Known for being the co-creator and co-star of the HBO comedy series PAUSE with Sam Jay (2021–present) and the Peacock comedy series Bust Down (2022–present).

Where does Sam Jay come from?

Sam Jay was born as Samaria Johnson on 13th January 1982. She comes from Atlanta, Georgia, the USA. She grew up and spent her early life in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. She holds American nationality and her ethnicity is African-American. Her present age is 40 as of 2022. She took birth into a Christian religious family. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn as per her birth date. Sam lost her both father and mother at the age of 16, but her father died first following her mother also died in 1998. Sam had a very close relationship with her mother, Donna. As a child, Donna made it a point to let Sam know that she was capable of doing anything she put her mind to. Sadly, Donna passed away several years ago, but she lives on through Sam and her comedy. Regarding her educational qualification, she studied for a degree in communications but quit due to a lack of interest. 


Sam Jay Career Timeline

  • Before Sam rose to fame, she worked in an office and as a music manager. 
  • After then, she performed her first stand-up comedy routine in 2012, at the age of 29. 
  • In the year 2017, she joined the writing staff of "Saturday Night Live" becoming the first black lesbian writer in the show's history and the second black lesbian to be involved with the show overall (after performer Danitra Vance joined the cast 32 years prior). 
  • She then co-wrote the "Black Jeopardy" sketch. 
  • In the year 2018, she performed stand-up on Netflix's "The Comedy Lineup" and starred in a half-hour stand-up special for "Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents." 
  • Her first stand-up comedy release was "Donna's Daughter" (2018).
  • Her first Netflix stand-up comedy special, "3 in the Morning" (2020), was filmed at The Masquerade in Atlanta.
  • Her other work includes appearances on "Take My Wife" (2016–2018) and stand-up performances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and at 2017 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. 
  • In 2020, she partnered with producer Prentice Penny to create the series, which was named PAUSE with Sam Jay. The first season premiered in May 2021, and the show was renewed by HBO for a second season two months later. 


  • The comedy series "Bust Down", co-created and co-starring by Jay, premiered on Peacock in March 2022.

Sam Jay Awards and Achievements

  • 2018: Emmys, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for Saturday Night Live (nominee) 
  • 2019: Emmys, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for Saturday Night Live (nominee) 
  • 2020: Writers Guild of America, Best Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series for Saturday Night Live (nominee) 

Who is Yanise Monet, Comedian Sam Jay Wife?

Sam Jay is a married woman to her partner, Yanise Monet. Her wife, Yanise was an interior designer and ran Vanity Interiors. Sam Jay and Yanise Monet were mutual friends for decades in Atlanta and then they were dating and they consider themselves each other as a family. Then they got married. Today, Yanet used to support Sam Jay throughout her career. The duo is living a happy life at present. As per her sexuality, Jay has discussed being a black lesbian during her stand-up routines. 

Sam Jay and her partner, Yanise Monet

How much is Sam Jay's Net Worth?

Sam Jay is a renowned stand-up comedian who is known for her role as a comedian on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Sam’s net worth is estimated at around $1 million-$5 million and the source of her income is her profession as a writer and comedian. She is making her annual salary in thousands of dollars. She is living a lavish lifestyle at present. She has not opened up about her mansion and property details to the public. 

How tall is Sam Jay?

Sam Jay is a beautiful lady who stands at the height of 5 feet 6 inches. Her body weight consists of 74 KG and her body build is average. She pair of brown eyes and her hair color is black. She is noticeable for her short hair and beautiful smile with a glowing face. She has got a healthy body at present. 

Trivias About Sam Jay You Need To Know.

  • Sam told the Washington Post that she’s always liked to play the devil’s advocate because she enjoys challenging how people think. Sam also applies this philosophy in her stand-up routines by writing jokes that make people think.
  • Since Sam is a huge music fan, most people would probably assume that she’s also a fan of live shows, but she actually doesn’t like them at all.
  • Jay has discussed being a black lesbian during her stand-up routines.
  • She is the co-creator and co-star of the HBO comedy series PAUSE with Sam Jay (2021–present) and the Peacock comedy series Bust Down (2022–present).