Saturday Night Live just got a whole lot funnier -- and more diverse. Sasheer Zamata, 27, part of the New York Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe until recently, will join the cast on the January 18 episode. For her, it's the dream gig. For the rest of us, it's going to be awesome because SNL will be funnier than ever now that they have a proper cross section of society represented.
In the past few months, Saturday Night Live has come under fire for a lack of diversity, more specifically for the lack of an African American woman to play African American roles. When Kerry Washington hosted the show back in November, it was big news.
Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah had both commented publicly about the lack of diversity and made it clear that they were sick of dressing in drag to portray black women. Damn straight.