It's official: SNL has cast black actress Sasheer Zamata. BackStage host Carly Mallenbaum introduces you to the new cast member who makes her debut Jan. 18.
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.
The 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!