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Mazel tov! Sasheer Zamata makes SNL debut

  • Sasheer Zamata appeared in a couple of skits with SNL host Drake
  • Reaction to her SNL debut on Twitter has been mostly positive
Mazel tov! Sasheer Zamata makes SNL debut

Meet SNL's newest cast member!

Meet SNL's newest cast member!

"Mazel tov."

And with those words, Sasheer Zamata introduced herself Saturday at the newest cast member on "SNL." 

Zamata, 27, became the first black female cast member on "SNL" since 2007 when Maya Rudolph left the show. "SNL" had been under fire in recent weeks over its lack of diversity among cast members. Two cast members -- Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah -- were vocal about the criticism, calling on the show to hire more black performers. 

Zamata appeared in a couple of sketches on Saturday's show; She was Auntie Rhonda during a bar mitzvah for SNL host/rapper Drake, played a Rihanna/Blossom combo in "Hip Hop Classics: Before They Were Stars" and a teen having a slumber party with her friends.

The Twitterverse seemed pleased with her overall debut.

One tweeter even wants "SNL" to go further with its diversity efforts.


So, did you watch the show? How do you think she did? Share your thoughts below.

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