“SNL” Adds Black Female To The Cast

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Sasheer Zamata has been named as the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live, making her the first African-American female in the show’s cast in six years.

The 27-year-old comedienne will make her SNL debut on the sketch comedy’s first fresh show of the year on Jan. 18, when Drake will serve as the host and performer of the night.

SNL made headlines this past fall as the show was highly criticized for its lack of diversity among black female cast members.

Executive Producer Lorne Michaels held auditions last month to correct the issue.

“All told, we’ve seen about 25 people,” he told NY Times last month. “A lot of the people we saw are really good. Hopefully, we’ll come out of the process well.”

The new addition of Zamata marks the first female cast member since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007.

Zamata graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in drama. Since 2009 she has been training at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, according to her official biography.

Learn more about Sasheer Zamata here.

Check out some of her work below!

(Photo Credit: Sasheer Zamata Offical Page)