It’s no secret to SNL followers that a clandestine audition process was allegedly held recently to address the dearth of minority women players on Saturday Night Live after Keenan Thompson famously called attention to the situation during a TV Guide interview by stating that they rarely seem to find black comediennes “who are ready.” After all, the last African-American female to take the stage for Lorne Michaels was Maya Rudolph, and before that — if I’m not mistaken — don’t you have to go back about fifteen years to featured player Ellen Cleghorne?
It’s neither here nor there, however, because according to sources (and Seth Meyers’ Twitter feed, which you might guess is fairly reliable), Lorne has hired ex-Upright Citizens Brigader Sasheer Zamata (pronounced “Za-may-ta“) to start immediately, beginning with the Drake episode on January 18th. Below you can find a character reel from her official YouTube page which I’m iffy on — the writing’s not great but some of the impressions (especially her Michelle Obama, which could have big legs on the show) seem alright. Regardless, I can’t wait to see what she’s got. Welcome to the bigs, Sasheer. As Keenan Thompson might say: hope you’re ready.
What do you guys think?