Sasheer Zamata Is ‘SNL’s New Cast Member


Saturday Night Live is finally adding its first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph departed the long-running sketch show in 2007. Sasheer Zamata has been added to the cast and will make her debut with the show’s next new episode, set to air January 18th with host/musical guest Drake, Deadline reports. Zamata, a performer at New York’s UCB Theatre, auditioned alongside two dozen other hopeful black female performers last month after SNL was criticized for its lack of diversity in its new hires this season.

Zamata is the show’s seventh new featured player so far this season, following Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan, who all joined up in the fall.

Check out a couple of Sasheer Zamata’s web videos below, or head over to our full guide to her videos.