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Meet Sasheer Zamata, 'Saturday Night Live's' newest cast member

"Saturday Night Live" added a new cast member to its ranks on Monday (Jan. 6): Sasheer Zamata.As the first female African-American cast member since Maya Rudolph's exit in 2007, the possibilities are endless for all the characters Zamata can play and bring to the table on the NBC sketch comedy show. But why wait for her first episode to air on Jan. 18 with host/musical guest Drake to find out what Zamata can do?Zap2it scoured the comedian's YouTube page to see what impersonations and original characters she's got in her wheelhouse. Watch the videos below:Zamata is ready to take on Michelle Obama, Rihanna, and Ru Paul:Here's an original sketch Zamata wrote about a tie that means so much more:She's certainly got the pipes to play Beyonce:And she's got experience in digital shorts:What do you think of Zamata's past work? Are you excited to see what she adds to the cast?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/meet-sasheer-zamata-saturday-night-lives-newest-cast-member.html

'Saturday Night Live' adds Sasheer Zamata as new cast member

When "Saturday Night Live" returns for a new episode on Jan. 18 with Drake as host and musical guest, get ready to see a new face: Sasheer Zamata has joined the cast, Deadline reports.Zamata trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, and will be the first black female "Saturday Night Live" cast member since Maya Rudolph. In fact, the lack of female black cast members on the NBC sketch show prompted many to criticize the show's lack of diversity, especially when all six new cast members added this season were white. That kick-started a talent search by executive producer Lorne Michaels to add an African-American woman to the cast.Zamata won the jackpot and will now be a featured player on the show. She beat out fellow finalists Tanisha Long ("Girl Code"), Gabrielle Denis ("The Game"), Bresha Webb, Misty Monroe, Natasha Rothwell, Amber Ruffin, Leslie Jones and Briana KC.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/saturday-night-live-adds-sasheer-zamata-as-new-cast-member.html