Friday, January 10
(New York, NY) -- "Saturday Night Live" is making room for Sasheer Zamata. Deadline.com says the NBC sketch comedy series has added Zamata to its cast after a search for a black female comedy performer to join the ensemble. The University of Virginia grad will make her debut on the January 18th episode of "SNL" featuring rapper Drake as host and musical guest. Trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, Zamata becomes the first black female cast member to join the "SNL" cast since Maya Rudolph left the series in 2007.
"SNL" joked about the lack of diversity in its cast last October when host Kerry Washington was tapped to play a variety of black women, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé. The show held two audition showcases in New York and Los Angeles last month in search of a cast member to fill the void.