After hearing all the buzz about the lack of African-American women on the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, producers of the variety show took it upon themselves to conduct a private casting call for the newest addition.
According to Deadline.com, the newest lady to join the television sketch-comedy’s roster is comedienne Sasheer Zamata:
Four years after she graduated from the University of Virginia, Sasheer Zamata is landing a very big break — the young comedy performer has been selected to join Saturday Night Live as a new cast member. Zamata will make her debut on the venerable NBC late-night sketch comedy series on its next live show slated for January 18 with Drake as host and musical guest.
Zamata nurtured her comedy/acting skills at New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and is now the first black female to join the Saturday Night Live crew since Maya Rudolph’s departure in 2007.
Check out her reel where she impersonates Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Ru Paul and more. We hope she brings the funny this season…
In other television news, Queen Latifah‘s self-titled daytime show is coming back for another round after a strong first season – this according to Hollywood Reporter:
‘We are proud to have the CBS stations as our partners as we continue to build The Queen Latifah Show into a franchise brand,’ said Sony TV U.S. president of distribution, John Weiser. ‘We look forward to building on the success of this year’s #1 new talk show by delivering the highest quality program to our stations, advertisers and viewers.’
Her current deal with her largest carrier, CBS Station Group, plays a major role in her show’s reach, with an airing “clearance across 97 percent of the U.S. through 2015.” Congrats to The Queen!