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Published on January 6th, 2014 | by thevyne

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Woman to Watch: Sasheer Zamata, New Cast Member of ‘SNL’

Sasheer ZamataAfter much criticism and a recent casting call, Saturday Night Live reportedly has cast their first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph’s departure in 2007 and we couldn’t be more excited. She is Sasheer Zamata (pronounced “sah-SHEER Zah-MAY-tah”), a 27-year-old stand up comedienne. She’ll debut on January 18th and we know there will be many eyes on her. So who is this new face? Here are a few things about her:

1. She’s from Indianapolis, Indiana though currently lives in NYC

2. Attended the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Drama

3. She has a web series called Pursuit of Sexiness and has also been seen on College Humor and other web shorts

4. She came to NY in 2009 where she was a part of the impov group, Upright Citizens Brigade

5. TV credits include Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX, MTV’s Hey Girl, ABC’s Would You Fall For That? and both TV and web content for The Cooking Channel.

6. Does she look familiar and you can’t place where you saw her? Maybe you saw her on a commercial for Target, Verizon Wireless, NY Lotto or Apple.

7. Another reason we already love her: she loves thrift shopping and eating!

8. See Sasheer in action in theses videos.

9. You can follow her on Twitter at @thesheertruth or on Tumblr here.

Are you excited that Sasheer has joined the ‘SNL’ cast?

Photo credits:  Heidi Gutman/ABC  via Getty (top) and Cate Hellman(in article)

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