Keenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah can hang up their dresses. After being shamed into it, “SNL” has finally hired a black female cast member.
She comes from the sketch comedy outfit Uptight Citizens Brigade and her name is Sasheer Zamata. Her first appearance will be the Jan. 18 show hosted by Drake. It’s also the first new episode of 2014.
Zamata appears regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York as part of the weekly variety show “School Night.” She is also on two improv teams that perform at the theater.
She will be the first black female in the cast since Maya Rudolph left as a regular in 2007.
“SNL” had been under pressure to cast a black female to replace Rudolph, but seemingly took it good old-time. However, the situation became urgent when Thompson told TV Guide that he wouldn’t dress in drag to play black female characters anymore.