First black female since 2007 makes Saturday Night Live debut

2014-01-20 15:13
 
New York — Sasheer Zamata made a low-key but notable debut on Saturday Night Live as the first black female cast member since 2007.

As usual for a SNL newcomer, Zamata kept a low profile on Saturday's broadcast. She participated in sketches in roles including Rihanna and a teenager at a slumber party.

The 27-year-old comedian and improv performer was signed earlier this month in the wake of criticism of SNL for its lack of ethnic diversity. Black male cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah were among those voicing complaints last fall.

The NBC series has had only four black women cast members in its 39 seasons. The most recent was Maya Rudolph. The biracial actress left in 2007.

The show has also recently hired two black female writers.

Watch her in one of the sketches here:



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