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January 6th, 2014
08:59 PM ET

'SNL' adds first black female cast member in 6 years

After six years, Saturday Night Live is finally getting a black female comedian.

The show confirming reports that comedienne Sasheer Zamata will join the cast when they return in two weeks.

Sasheer Zamata joins 'Saturday Night Live,' its first black woman in 6 years

She's the first female African American cast member since Maya Rudolph left in 2007.

Now the show has been under fire recently for its lack of diversity - prompting producers to hold auditions last month exclusively for African American women.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Entertainment is a crappy industries in a lotta ways. It's the only industry in America where you can go to an audition on the Disney lot and have some casting director say: "Black people, form a line to the left. Asians, down the middle. Everyone else, form a line to the right."

    January 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  2. Michael Hedges

    I wanted to know who was the woman who performed the Beyoncé and Donna Brazile impressions? I never caught her name. She was talented.

    January 8, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  3. Kelbey

    I find this to almost be offensive in a many number of ways.

    1. The individual who is initially ignored for a solid 2 to 3 minutes to start, is never given a chance to say his piece. Every time he begins to speak he is cut off and not allowed to explain his points. Regardless of them being "racist" or not, they should still have allowed him to state his points without being interrupted.

    2. While SNL probably should have hired a black woman before this point, it still stands that Lorne Michaels has put his best talent on the field that he has, and the one thing people may not take into consideration is the possibility that he didn't find the talent he was looking for until now that mutually wanted to be on SNL. Sure there could have been other people to be on the show, but it has to be a mutual feeling that the relationship will be successful.

    January 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  4. J.

    -This is an odd story -as if the presence of race is equalled to race or not equalled to it?

    January 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  5. E3E

    Why is this news??? if she's funny they'll keep her. if not she will be cut next season like any other comedian.

    January 7, 2014 at 12:05 am | Reply
  6. michelle G

    Why coundn't Lorne Michaels have thrown out a wider net when choosing SNL cast members. I also found the show more interesting and funny why the cast had more people of color. Cast a wider net if you want to appeal to a wider audience.

    January 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Reply
    • Michael Hedges

      This is true. whether from a sociological perspective or commercial appeal, it's best to be multicultural and enjoy comical perspectives from all people. more laughs, more people, more sponsors, more money. pluralism equals prolific profits.

      January 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Reply

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