Saturday Night Live Adds Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member in Six Years

SNL Adds Sasheer ZamataNBC’s Saturday Night Live has added Sasheer Zamata as a featured player, to make her debut on Jan. 18, our sister site Deadline reports.

Zamata represents the first African-American female to be a part of SNL‘s regular cast since Maya Rudolph left the show in November 2007.

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A graduate of the University of Virginia, Zamata has performed with Upright Citizen’s Brigade, done stand up at numerous comedy festivals (including the Letterman Showcase at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” Showcase), and has opened for onetime SNL scribe John Mulaney.

Zamata’s credits also include the self-penned web series Pursuit of Sexiness, videos for College Humor and The Cooking Channel’s web series Fodder and appearances on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Inside Amy Schumer.