Sasheer Zamata Is SNL’s Newest Cast Member
4:48 pm, January 6th | by Colette McIntyre
LOOKS LIKE OUR DECLARATION OF THE BEST NEWS OF 2014 WAS A TAD PREMATURE: Deadline reports that hilarious lady and crush of the site Sasheer Zamata has just been selected to join Saturday Night Live as a cast member. After holding an audition showcase exclusively for Black comedians in New York and LA early last December, SNL producers have finally sealed the deal, adding an incredibly talented Black woman to the cast as opposed to just acting like Kerry Washington’s winking, faux-apologetic sketch fixed the show’s diversity problem. (Of course they only hired one WOC — heaven forbid the white male perspective isn’t the fulcrum of SNL‘s humor….) Zamata will be the show’s first Black female performer since Maya Rudolph’s departure in 2007 and the seventh featured player added this season.
We couldn’t be happier for the UCB-trained Zamata and SNL couldn’t have found a more worthy performer. We have been obsessed with the smart, bold, and ridiculously smokin’ comedian for a minute; if you haven’t been utterly bewitched by Zamata yet, check out our quick primer below.