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Live, from New York, it's Sasheer Zamata!

By April Neale Jan 7, 2014, 2:49 GMT

Live, from New York, it's Sasheer Zamata!

NBC\'s long running comedy sketch series just got a bit more diverse.

NBC's long running comedy sketch series just got a bit more diverse.

Sasheer Zamata will be the latest young comedian to join “Saturday Night Live."

Deadline reports that Zamata will make her debut as a featured player on “SNL” on Jan. 18, the latenight program’s first live show for 2014.

Zamata is an alum of the New York City comedy troupe, Upright Citizens Brigade.

Since the departure of Maya Rudolph in 2007, “SNL” was under fire for a lack of diversity.

News broke at the end of the year that “SNL” was holding auditions specifically to find black female cast members to join the program in 2014. She was one of 12 callbacks, Deadline reported.

 

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