Get To Know ‘Saturday Night Live’ New Castmember Sasheer Zamata

Upright Citizens Brigade member does an awesome Rihanna, Beyoncé and Michelle Obama.

The search is over. “Saturday Night Live” has chosen its first black female castmember in more than five years, Upright Citizens Brigade veteran Sasheer Zamata. She will make her debut on the January 18 episode featuring Drake as both musical guest and host.

Zamata got the nod after the show came under fire for the lack of diversity in its 2013-2014 hires and Kenan Thompson’s subsequent controversial comments about black female comedians not being “ready” for the gig.

The good news is that after producers auditioned more than two dozen hopefuls, Zamata is definitely up to the task, bringing with her an arsenal of impressions and characters that should make her a standout addition to the cast. In addition to appearing on “Inside Amy Schumer” and the recently canceled FXX series “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” she’s know for her spoof web series, “Pursuit of Sexiness.”

In one of her many online videos, Zamata plays Bey as a doting mama who quiets a crying Blue Ivy with a not-so-chill lullaby version of “Love On Top.”

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