Congratulations are in order for an up and coming actress and comedienne, Sasheer Zamata! She will join the legendary ranks as the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live. The show has been under intense scrutiny about it’s lack of diversity. While Keenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah are the two black make cast members, there has been a lack of a black female pressence for a long time. The last black female cast member was Mya Rudolph, who left the show a few years ago. Keenan and Jay are often asked to portray the black female characters. Recently, the show held a private audition for 9 of the top black comedic actresses in the industry and Sasheer was the lucky one chosen. Her first day will be on January 18th, when she will make her debut, with Drake as the host.
Sasheer Zamata studied at Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. She attended the University of Virginia and has been featured in several magazines (Clutch, The New York Times, Time Out New York etc). Sasheer writes and performs a web series called ‘Fodder,’ and appears in sketches both on Comedy Central and FX. Congrats Sasheer! We are so proud of you!!
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