March 25, 2014
Sasheer Zamata has been cast as Saturday Night Live's latest "not ready for primetime" player. Zamata's casting marks the first time a black woman has been added to the sketch comedy show since Maya Rudolph's exit in 2007.
SNL has been under fire this season for lack of diversity in their cast. The issue gained traction online and in the media when cast members Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson weighed in on the situation.
Zamata, who trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, will make her debut on January 18 with host and musical guest Drake. She's also featured in this episode of The Morning After. WATCH.