January 8th, 2014
08:50 PM ET

'SNL' finalist talks audition, spoofs Beyonce and Donna Brazile

The entertainment world was abuzz this week with news that 'Saturday Night Live" had hired its first black female cast member in more than six years.

After auditioning about 25 women in New York and Los Angeles, 27-year-old Sasheer Zamata was awarded the coveted spot on the show.

And it was announced Wednesday that SNL will also be adding two black female writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones – to its staff.

We were curious about what it takes to land a job on SNL and CNN's Don Lemon had the chance to speak with one of the other women who auditioned, actress and comedian Simone Shepherd.

"It's hard for us to prove to the world that we are funny," Shepherd said.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "When I'm onstage, I get real happy up there... You're standing up there like gladiator, and them lights is on you, and you look down... and there's all these smiles around you. And they get dressed. They put perfume on & stuff, and they're going to see Your Show.

    That feels good, man. These people, y'know... They love you. Even if it's for a minute, they really do. It's the best feeling. I love stand up."

    (Dave Chappelle)

    January 8, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Reply

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