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Amy Poehler Congratulates Saturday Night Live's New Hires

Sasheer Zamata, Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler may have joked that she was so relaxed days before hosting the Golden Globes because she was "heavily medicated," but the Saturday Night Live alum was very enthusiastic while discussing the show's recent hires at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Friday.

Africa-American comedienne Sasheer Zamata, who is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater co-founded by Poehler, was added as a castmember earlier this week. Additionally, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones joined the NBC sketch comedy show as writers.

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Saturday Night Live Adds Two Black Female Writers

LaKendra Tookes, Leslie Jones

In addition to adding Sasheer Zamata to its cast, Saturday Night Live has hired two new black female writers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will start work on the sketch show on Monday.

Both comedians were discovered during the recent auditions Lorne Michaels held in response to criticism of the show's lack of diversity.

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Bobby Moynihan Praises New SNL Cast Member Sasheer Zamata

Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata

Lorne Michaels took the first step in fixing Saturday Night Live's diversity problem by hiringSasheer Zamata earlier this week, making the Upright Citizens Brigade alum the first black female cast member on the series since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Zamata will face extra pressure, thanks to the ongoing controversy surrounding SNL's whitewashed cast, but new co-star Bobby Moynihan has full faith she'll be able to handle it with ease.

"I've seen her perform at UCB and I've never seen a more beautiful, confident person onstage than Sasheer," Moynihan tells TVGuide.com. "I think we're very, very lucky to get her."

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Saturday Night Live Adds Sasheer Zamata as New Cast Member After Controversy

Sasheer Zamata

After months of controversy surrounding the lack of diversity on Saturday Night Live, the long-running sketch comedy show is adding a female African-American comedienne to its ranks, Deadline reports.

Sasheer Zamata will make her debut on the next new show, which airs Jan. 18. Zamata, a University of Virginia graduate (Tina Fey's alma mater) and who trained at the... read more

What to Expect When Seth Meyers Takes Over Late Night

Seth Meyers, Time Magazine

When Seth Meyers takes over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon on Feb. 24, don't expect the same song and dance — literally.

Fallon's most popular Late Night sketches include the recurring "History of Rap," "History of Dance" and unconventional music covers segments, but Meyers wants to do something new. "I like that everyone before me has established this as a place to try things out," he told Time (as reported by Us Weekly). "It's 12:35 at night. You can do crazy stuff."

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Saturday Night Live to Add African-American Female to Cast By January

Kerry Washington

Saturday Night Live is hoping to add an African-American female to the cast as soon as January, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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SNL's Nasim Pedrad, Elliott Gould and More Join Fox's Mulaney

Nasim Pedrad

Nasim Pedrad, Elliot Gould, Seaton Smith and Zack Pearlman have joined the cast of Fox's multi-camera comedy Mulaney, TVGuide.com has learned.

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SNL Alum Maya Rudolph to Debut Variety Show After Olympics

Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph is finally getting the proper spotlight for her talents. The Saturday Night Live vet will headline her own prime-time variety show, Deadline reports. read more

Meet Saturday Night Live's New "Weekend Update" Anchor Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong

When Cecily Strong sat in Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" anchor chair for the first time this fall, she had only one goal in mind: Don't cry. "I'm a crybaby, so I express every emotion with tears," says the Springfield, Illinois, native. "But they would've been happy tears — I would've been bawling because I was so excited."

You can't blame her for being psyched. In only her second season on SNL, she's been promoted from lowly featured player to heir to the throne coanchor Seth Meyers will vacate when he leaves to host NBC's Late Night early next year. "Cecily's had a meteoric rise, as opposed to my molasses-like one," quips Meyers.

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Kenan Thompson Blames SNL's Diversity Issue on Lack of Talented Black Comediennes

Kenan Thompson

When Saturday Night Live announced this season's six new cast members, many were shocked to see that the sketch comedy show  would be devoid of a black female cast member for the sixth year in a row.

In a world where we have a black First Lady and pop culture is defined by Scandal, Rihanna, Oprah, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce, this is... read more

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