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SNL Adds Sasheer Zamata to Cast

Congratulations to Sasheer Zamata!

The University of Virginia graduate has become the newest cast member to join Saturday Night Live, according to Deadline.com. Zamata is expected to make her big debut on the show’s next live episode, scheduled to air on Jan. 18.

The episode will feature Drake as the host and musical guest.

SNL came under fire last year for its lack of diversity after cast member Kenan Thompson seemingly lambasted Black female comedians. About a dozen such comedians auditioned for the sketch comedy show and Zamata came out on top.

With her new role, Zamata becomes the show’s first Black female cast member since Maya Rudolph left SNL five years ago.