Meet Sasheer Zamata, The First Black Female Saturday Night Live Cast Member In Five Years
After some questionable comments by Kenan Thompson, some criticism from the public, and a showcase for black female comediennes that was at one point looked at as a publicity stunt, Saturday Night Live has finally added their first black comedienne to the show since Maya Rudolph left as a cast member in 2007. Her name is Sasheer Zamata, and according to Deadline, she will make her debut on the show on January 18, the same episode that will be hosted by Drake, who will also be the musical guest. Our fingers are crossed that the two will be featured in a skit together.
According to USA Today, Zamata graduated from the University of Virginia and received her comedic training at theUpright Citizens Brigade Theatre here in NYC. She was among 12 comedians who were invited to test for a spot on the show in December (which also reportedly included black comediennes Kerry Coddett and Natasha Rothwell). Seeing as how she’s the only new face to be announced, her casting could be part of a way for Lorne Michaels and the folks at SNL to hush up their critics, but whatever it is, a talented sista has a job! And I can attest to the fact that Zamata is hilarious, and you will be able to as well after you check out the clip below of her skit on dealing with a perverted dude trying to holler at her in NYC (be prepared, the d-word is used quite a few times). Zamata will join Rudolph, Yvonne Hudson, Danitra Vance and Ellen Cleghorne as black female comediennes who have received a shot on the show. Congrats!