When I was young, my dad always let me listen to comedy albums. I always knew about comedy, I always loved comedy.The day that I saw Whoopi Goldberg on television, I cried so hard, because I kept looking at my daddy going, ‘Oh my god. there’s somebody on TV that looks like me! She looks like me! Yay! I can be on TV! I can be on TV! I can do it! Look at her look at her! she looks just like me.‘”

Leslie Jones is the absolute best. If you don’t agree, kindly GTFO.

Even more beautiful is that Whoopi Goldberg has told a very similar story about seeing Nichelle Nicols as Uhura on Star Trek, so there are three generations of inspiration being passed down here…