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Sasheer Zamata: 'Saturday Night Live' Casts a Black Female Comedian!

Sasheer Zamata: 'Saturday Night Live' Casts a Black Female Comedian!

Sasheer Zamata has landed the coveted new spot on the cast of Saturday Night Live after an extensive search was done to find a new female black comedian, according to Deadline.

The sketch comedy series has not had a female black performer on the show since Maya Rudolph left the cast five years ago and there has been much controversy over the absence of diversity on the show.

Sasheer‘s name has reportedly floated around the SNL casting office in the past and she was one of twelve ladies who tested for the position last month on the stage at Rockefeller Center. She will be one of the featured performers on the show this season.

WILL YOU WATCH Sasheer Zamata on Saturday Night Live?

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    The above black Playboy Club Bunny look, circa London 1972, is just brilliant. Guess I will have to be watching the show again every Saturday night in 14.

  • Amelia

    She is the first black girl ever period…as a black african girl I don’t consider maya black, she’s mixed…this new girl Is fully black pls stop with the race confusion

  • leelee

    It’s nice that they cast her but it’s too bad it’s only because of the scandal involved. I don’t think they would have hired her otherwise.

  • jj

    @Amelia: Don’t forget the brilliance of Ellen Cleghorne. She kinda disapeared after the show but she was hilarious.

  • ok…


    it doesn’t matter if you consider her black, all that matter is if maya considers herself black.

    on to the post,

    is she funny? wait. she’s on snl so i guess that really doesn’t matter.

  • Cate

    Awesome! I hope they give her some good material now.

  • jeanie


    Maya’s late mother was black, therefore Maya is black.

  • Isabella

    She is not mixed and it doesn’t what you consider her. As a White Latina I consider her black and so does everyone else with eyes to see.

  • Pearl

    There was another black female comedian on SNL way back in the 1980′s I forget her name though.

  • lillian

    how about we don’t talk about how maya identifies herself and CONGRATULATE SASHEER? this is a pretty big deal, and hopefully they actually use her in skits and don’t just push her to the side.

  • Amelia

    I’m just saying that maya is black, but why deny her other side of the family and call her only black? That’s what the white man taught you, but in Africa we say black is black, white. White and mix is mix and maya is mixed…..

  • lillian

    Honestly, maya can be considered racially ambiguous but again this is NOT about maya and her identity. this is about sasheer.

  • no way

    I WILL WATCH SNL but not because there is a black person on it, I will watch it cause I like the show in general.

  • robert

    I guess you haven’t watched the show much as there have been other ‘black’ females on the show…Yvonne Hudson, Ellen Cleghorne, Danitra Vance. It’s funny because they don’t have a black female on the show there is a problem. If you are not funny it doesn’t matter what race you are, but now we need affirmative action for tv shows, this country is getting so weak.

  • Isabella

    Africans don’t rank people as MIXED that is a western Hispanic concept. Colored Hispanics like Amelia are obsessed with African Americans and their myriad of colors and shades. It is because colored Hispanics are not accepted as Latin since they are not White and White means Latin, not colored.

  • Amelia

    Make ur own comments ppl, my opinion, I thought ur country was all about free speech, I guess it only applies to the privileged..but Africa is Africa, we arenot slaves

  • it’s good

    I was turning around the channels one day and Wendy Williams talked about this. She said something to the effect of it being a shame that SNL had never had a black woman as a cast member. She then named several black women who are funny and could fill the slot, as examples. Maybe someone decided that Wendy was right. Good move.

  • it’s good

    In the segment, I don’t remember Wendy Williams even mentioning Maya, although I loved Maya. She did a fantastic Whitney Houston impression. I catch SNL only once in a while now, but I will tune in to see this new talent.

  • Annabelle

    Yay! Finally. Would have been better just to hire a non-white performer (ie. Black, Asian, Latin etc) beforehand without all this drama. Just do it, without having to be pushed or embarrassed into doing it! But thank God, and someone talented too.

  • TMNox

    I think it’s a shame that she’s being labeled the “new black cast member” – it demeans her role on the show to just another token person of color. When Finesse Mitchell or Kenan Thompson were cast on the show, they never deemed them the new black cast members. It sucks that we still live in a society where being of color always has to be a part of your position. The new black this, the new Asian that – it’s corny..