Congratulations are in order for comedian, actress, writer Sasheer Zamata, who has been tapped by Saturday Night Live brass to join the late night show’s cast, as its first black woman cast member since Maya Rudolph’s exit in 2007.

This comes after last month’s news that NBC held Saturday Night Live auditions, looking specifically for black women. 

The auditions are said to have taken place at The Groundlings in Los Angeles – an improvisational and sketch comedy school – and were set up exclusively for black women candidates to audition for the comedy sketch/variety show. 
This of course comes after an onslaught of criticism the show and its producer faced, over its lack of black female representation within its cast. 

This is an issue that S&A has addressed ad naseam, and not just this year. 

The conversation continued after Kerry Washington hosted the show (her first time) to season high ratings last fall – in an episode during which the show mocked the criticism it faced.

Zamata will make her debut as a featured player on SNL on January 18, which will be the first live show in the new year. 

Zamata is a University of Virginia alum who trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Something tells me that her life is about to change, as her debut will probably be one of the most-watched, highest-rated episodes of SNL in its history, as many will surely tune in to see how she’s used, as well as watch her perform for the first time.

By the way, she’s on Twitter, if you want to follow her. Her just under 4000 followers, as of the time of this post, will likely balloon over the next 7 days.