On Jan. 6, 2013, it was announced that Sasheer Zamata has been named the newest cast member of 'Saturday Night Live.'(Photo: Heidi Gutman, ABC)
Sasheer Zamata has been named the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live, making her the sketch comedy's first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007.
Zamata will make her SNL debut
on its next live show set for Jan. 18. Drake will serve as both host
and musical guest. Zamata is a graduate of the University of Virginia
and trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York.
lack of diversity among female black cast members made waves last
fall.Yet producer Lorne Michaels already had begun a search, and Zamata
was among 12 comedians who received callbacks and were invited to test
on the SNL stage Dec. 16.
Congrats to Zamata!