Comedian Sasheer Zamata Joins “SNL” As First Black Female In 6 Years

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After much public criticism for the show’s lack of diversity, “Saturday Night Live” officially announced the addition of African American comedian Sasheer Zamata to their cast.  Zamata, 27, will be the first African-American female in the show’s cast since Maya Rudolph left five years ago.

Nonetheless, this will not be new territory for Zamata. The jokester known for her web series “In Pursuit of Sexiness,” has been mastering her skills with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York since graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in drama in 2009. According to TMZ, Zamata has been a part of at least one “SNL” showcase after finding pictures of her backstage and in the offices of “SNL” last March.

Zamata knows the meaning of perseverance after surviving a near-tragedy car accident where she was thrown through the window of her car. She was forced to re-learn some basic functions, which she did, and has been working on a series of potential characters for the show.

Watch Sasheer Zamata’s debut on Jan. 18 with Drake as both host and musical guest of the night.