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'SNL' picks Sasheer Zamata as its youngest cast member


'SNL' picks Sasheer Zamata as its youngest cast member

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jan 6, 2014

Comedian Sasheer Zamata has become the youngest comedy performer selected to join the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a featured player. Zamata, who graduated from the University of Virginia just three years ago, will make her debut on the Jan. 18 show, reports Deadline.com. She was already based in New York. 

"Zamata, who trained at [and performed with] the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, becomes the first black female 'Saturday Night Live' cast member in five years since the departure of Maya Rudolph," Deadline reports. "The lack of female black performers on the show stirred a debate last fall while 'SNL' boss Lorne Michaels had been quietly conducting a talent search. Several dozen actresses were seen in multiple cities. Zamata, whose name had been floated as a suitable 'SNL' candidate before, was among 12 who received callbacks and were invited to test on the 'SNL' stage" last month.
In addition to her work with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Buzzfeed reports that Zamata hosts "School Night," a UCB variety show, and performs stand-up throughout New York. She also writes and stars in the web series “The Pursuit of Sexiness” with comedian Nicole Byer, according to Buzfeed, which reports that Zamata also starred in a web series on Above Average, a YouTube channel run by the same people who produce "SNL."
She's the one eating "Yogirl" yogurt in the comedy video above.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.