SNL Hires First Black Lady Cast Member Since Maya Rudolph

Sasheer ZamataSaturday Night Live finally filled the crazy void left by Maya Rudolph, who joined the cast all the way back in 2000 and left seven years later.

Lorne Michaels and Co. have officially hired their first African-American cast member since Rudolph.

Her name is Sasheer Zamata, a UVA grad who performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade and appeared on Inside Amy Schumer.

Before Rudolph, there were a staggering TWO other black women featured regularly on the show – Danitra Vance in 1985 and Ellen Cleghorne in 1991.

Surprising, since the show has featured a fair amount of notable black penis-having comedians like Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Eddie Murphy.

Judging by the below YouTube video tweeted by Lena Dunham (who called it “crazy funny”), I think this Sasheer lady is going to kill it. Continue reading “SNL Hires First Black Lady Cast Member Since Maya Rudolph”

SNL’s New Female Cast Member Is A First

According to various sites, Lorne Michaels has chosen a new lady to join the SNL ranks of Kristen Wiig, Vanessa Bayer, Abby Elliott and Nasim Pedrad.

Her name is Kate McKinnon and she has performed regularly with the improv goldmine, Upright Citizens Brigade and starred in The Big Gay Sketch Show and a webseries called Vag Magazine.

Michaels had been auditioning several women for the show but his favorite, McKinnon, will appear on the April 7th episode with Sofia Vergara and One Direction. (Josh Brolin and Gotye are coming up on April 14th)

Kate Mckinnon will be the first openly gay woman in its 37-year history and second openly gay person since Terry Sweeney, in season 10.

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