‘Saturday Night Live’ Finally Hires A Black Woman, Say Hello To Sasheer Zamata

Following months of dismay about the absence of a black women on Saturday Night Live and rumors about if and when that would cease to be a reality, it’s been announced that Sasheer Zamata will be joining the cast. She is the first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph’s departure from the show in 2007.


Zamata trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and performs stand-up and sketch in New York. Her television appearances include Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Inside Amy Schumer. You might recognize her from many a viral video or her guest appearance on Little Horribles. She will make her debut on January 18th. In what can only be described as fate (because too much awesome), Drake will appear as the musical guest.

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Brittani Nichols is a Los Angeles based comedy person. When she's not tweeting about white people or watching television, she's probably eating pizza. Actually, she's probably doing all three of those things concurrently and when she's not doing THAT, she's sleeping. Brittani also went to Yale and feels weird about mentioning it but wants you to know.

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  1. I don’t watch SNL, but I’m glad they felt she was ‘ready’ enough to join the cast.

  2. i haven’t watched SNL for so long but i am super excited to hang out with sasheer and drake on my couch

  3. I’m excited that she was on Little Horribles! This is going to be great. I can’t wait to see what she brings to the cast!

  4. *crosses finger* Here’s hoping they give her some awesome roles and not terribly stereotypical ones.

  5. I don’t watch much SNL either, but I love Sasheer and am so excited! Maybe I’ll go back to SNL once in a while.

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