The Saga of SNL's Race Problem has finally come to what seems like an end (or is at least moving in the right direction)! After being criticized by Jay Pharoah for its lack of black women in the cast, Kenan Thompson's controversial comments about the issue, the show itself acknowledging the problem on Kerry Washington's episode, and creator Lorne Michaels holding an ass-covering audition for only black women comedians, Saturday Night Live has finally picked its newest cast member: Sasheer Zamata.
The young comedian got her start with the always reliable Upright Citizens Brigade, and has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and a bunch of online sketches for College Humor and Jest. She's the first black woman on the show since Maya Rudolph left five years ago -- a tough act to follow, but she certainly seems up to the task. Hopefully someday soon there won't be only be one token female comedian of color to be "replaced," but we'll take our victories where we can.
Zamata will make her debut on the show on the first episode of the new year, which will be hosted and musical guest-ed by Drake. Watch a clip of her standup (do it now, you will thank us), and tune in on January 18th to see her on SNL, hopefully not having to play Oprah or Michelle Obama in every sketch. (A girl can dream).