New York comic Sasheer Zamata hired as only black female cast member on 'SNL' - InfoNews

Current Conditions

Cloudy
6.5°C

New York comic Sasheer Zamata hired as only black female cast member on 'SNL'

This Feb. 11, 2008 photo provided by Cate Hellman Photography shows actress Sasheer Zamata. Zamata, 27, from Indianapolis, will join the cast of "Saturday Night Live," for the Jan. 18 episode. (AP Photo/Cate Hellman Photography)
January 06, 2014 - 1:38 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - "Saturday Night Live" is adding a black woman to its cast after being criticized for a lack of diversity.

NBC said Monday that Sasheer Zamata will join the show later this month. She is a recent University of Virginia graduate who has worked for the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group in New York City.

"SNL" hasn't had a black woman among its regular cast members since the biracial Maya Rudolph left in 2007. It has had four black women in its regular troupe since premiering in 1975.

It became an issue earlier this season after the show's two black male cast members, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson, made comments about the absence. It also was joked about onscreen when Kerry Washington of "Scandal" was a guest host.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
The Associated Press

  • Popular kelowna News
  • Comments
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile