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    Posted: Jan 06 2014 at 3:40pm
'Saturday Night Live' Adds Sasheer Zamata as Newest Cast Member








NBC's Saturday Night Live has added an African-American cast member: Sasheer Zamata.

The Upright Citizens Brigade alum has boarded theLorne Michaels-produced late-night sketch series and will make her debut Jan. 18, when Drake hosts.
The casting comes after showcases featuring black female comedians were held in New York and Los Angeles after the long-running sketch series faced widespread criticism that the new cast of SNL lacked minority faces and specifically the inclusion of an African-American woman.

The auditions were the first in the history of SNL to focus exclusively on minority women and were a proactive response on the part of producers to rectify season 39's diversity problem. SNL skewered itself in a sketch in which host Kerry Washington was run ragged playing everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce.
Zamata is a University of Virginia alum and becomes the first black female SNL cast member in five years -- since the departure of Maya Rudolph. The comedian was one of two finalists -- Amber Ruffin was the other -- in contention for the new cast member spot.
The series this year added six new comedians -- all white save for Noel Wells, who is of Hispanic-Tunisian decent. Of the 16 castmembers currently on the show, Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah are the only African-Americans, while Nasim Pedrad is Iranian-American.
The first showcase audition was held at the Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 at 10 p.m., where actresses like Misty Monroe, a Groundlings Sunday Company alum, Amber Ruffin,Simone Shepherd, Tiffany Haddish, Nicole Byer and Bresha Webb were among a dozen hopefuls vying for the coveted spot, as was Darmirra Brunson, the comedian Pharoah had recently suggested should join the cast "because she's black, first of all, and she's really talented." The second showcase took place in New York on Dec. 1, and was attended by Michaels himself.

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One of 2 finalists eh? Cuz they just could not have 2 black female regular cast members at the same damn time.

eta: Congrats to Sashmeer though. May the anticoon force be with her.


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She's pretty.

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I feel like she is gonna play so many black women stereotypes. Hope she doesn't let them play her.
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Yay! And she's actually black. Not Vanessa Williams-Halle Berry black, but black black!
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I just looked her up on youtube.
I don't like her.
She's not funny.
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I thought they were going to pick Bresha Webb
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About time. MadTV had no problem with diversity nor did In Living Color but long-running SNL can't keep up?
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And she don't look like a halfie or a mammy yay!!!!
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