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New 'SNL' Black Cast Member

She Works Clean ...

But Can Play Dirty!

1/6/2014 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sasheer Zamata
-- the first black female "Saturday Night Live" cast member in 5 years -- "works clean" as one of her colleagues put it to us ... but she can also "play dirty" -- as in dirty, dirty skits.

"SNL" made it official today, but we've been told they've been scouting Sasheer for several years.  She was part of at least one other "SNL" showcase 2 years ago, when scouts from the show took notice.  She posted pics last March of her backstage and in the offices at "SNL" ... so there's been some interest for a while.

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Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia just 5 years ago, and we're told she's been working NYC clubs relentlessly, getting her name out there.

She got some attention from her web series, "In Pursuit of Sexiness."

"SNL" has taken a lot of heat for not replacing Maya Rudolph with a black female comedian when she left 5 years ago.

We're told Sasheer has learned a lot about perseverance from a near tragedy -- she was in a horrible car accident where she was thrown through the window of her car and had to re-learn some basic functions -- which she did.

And, we're told, she's been working on a series of characters she might use on the show ...  so it seems like she's locked and loaded.

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Lornw Michaels is still a racist

239 days ago
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American Patriot    

Why is it that we have to have a "colored" person on the cast? I mean next thing we'll have a Queer on too!!! Lord help us.

239 days ago
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Meggie24    

"Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia just 43 years ago"?

239 days ago
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Jacknollie    

"Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia just 43 years ago". How old is she? She's either a genius who graduated when she was an infant, or she's in her 60s.

239 days ago
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TuxThePenguin    

43 years ago? is that a typo?

239 days ago
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kr    

Damn she looks good for 63!

"Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia just 43 years ago, and we're told she's been working NYC clubs relentlessly, getting her name out there."

239 days ago
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el polacko    

how sad that they felt the need to hire someone based on the shade of their skin rather than their talent.

239 days ago
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Off_trak    

She graduated college 43 years ago??? Do you guys EVER proofread anything you write???

239 days ago
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Brian    

SNL? Is that show still on?

239 days ago
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Kelly    

Glad they found their token. Will she have to sit by the door so everyone sees her?

239 days ago
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vroomvroom    

Why does America call a sidibe gabourey for example and a Halle berry for example both blacks? To me those are two different kind of black and just because the white man says anything mixed with black is black, I don't agree....I always wonder How the mixed ppl's white side of the family feel like when they are only called black, because to me, Halle is mixed and sidibe is black...

239 days ago
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Kat    

She graduated 43 years ago? Get it together.

239 days ago
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chicagoannie    

Does anyone watch SNL nowadays? Show used to be great but now....I don't know - are they funny?

239 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

lol wonder how she feels knowing she was a force hire due to her race>? i would want to be hired due to my talent.but she wasnt it was a pander hire everyone knows it

239 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

As long as they pay her in dollars rather than tokens, I'm sure she is happy to have the job no matter why she was hired.

239 days ago
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