‘SNL’ Casts First Black Actress In 6 Years

Photo: (Sasheer.com)

Photo: (Sasheer.com)

Sasheer Zamata will join the “Saturday Night Live” cast this month, making her the first female  African-American regular on the show in six years!

The lack of diversity on “SNL” made headlines last fall (WHOA. It feels so wrong saying “last fall.”) when the show added six new cast members, but only one was a minority.

But it wouldn’t be “SNL” if they couldn’t make light of the situation. When Kerry Washington hosted the show in November, she played Michelle Obama, Oprah AND Beyonce in a single skit while the following message scrolled across the screen:

“The producers at ‘Saturday Night Live’ would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight. We made these requests both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent, but also because ‘SNL’ doesn’t currently have a black woman in the cast. As for the latter, we realize this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future … unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.”

Meanwhile, executive producer Lorne Michaels was scouring the country for a comedienne of color, in a search that eventually ended with Zamata, who is (or was) a member of popular Los Angeles improv crew the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. She’ll make her debut on January 18th, when Drake is scheduled to host. YOLO!

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