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Sasheer Zamata joins ‘Saturday Night Live’

- January 6th, 2014

Over six years after Maya Rudolph left the show, Saturday Night Live finally has a black female cast member again.

Sasheer Zamata will join SNL when the show returns Jan. 18, according to Deadline.com

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Toronto rapper Drake will be host and musical guest.

Zamata is a graduate from the University of Virginia and trained at New York City’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade.

SNL came under fire for lack of diversity after bosses hired six white cast members in the off season.  The search has been on for an African-American comic for a while now, with 12 hopefuls called back to test on the SNL stage on Dec. 16.

All eyes will be on Zamata in two weeks. No pressure at all.

Have a listen to Sasheer’s standup here:

And check out some of her acting in this Morning After video:

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