'SNL' Hires Black Female Castmember Sasheer Zamata
Saturday Night Live's diversity (or lack thereof) has been quite the buzzed about topic in recent months, with the show even lampooning itself when Kerry Washington hosted this Fall!
Though we don't think this will be the end of the discussion, Deadline is exclusively reporting that SNL has hired black, female comedian Sasheer Zamata!
EXCLUSIVE: Three years after she graduated from the University of Virginia, Sasheer Zamata is landing a very big break — the young comedy performer has been selected to join Saturday Night Live as a new cast member. Zamata will make her debut on the venerable NBC late-night sketch comedy series on its next live show slated for January 18 with Drake as host and musical guest. Zamata, who trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, becomes the first black female Saturday Night Live cast member in five years since the departure of Maya Rudolph. The lack of female black performers on the show stirred a debate last fall while SNL boss Lorne Michaels had been quietly conducting a talent search. Several dozen actresses were seen in multiple cities. Zamata, whose name had been floated as a suitable SNL candidate before, was among 12 who received callbacks and were invited to test on the SNL stage on December 16. She will now be a featured player on the show that has launched the careers of a slew of young comedians.
She's entering the show under heavy scrutiny and we hope she'll be able to shake it all off and be the hilarious new addition that we know she has the potential to be!