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Amy Poehler Congratulates Saturday Night Live's New Hires

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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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Top Videos: Parks and Rec Celebrates 100 Episodes, Dennis Rodman Has a Meltdown

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This week, Alex Trebek made headlines by rapping some clues on Jeopardy!, while Dennis Rodman garnered more negative attention by having an epic meltdown during an interview with CNN. The cast and crew of Parks and Recreation celebrated the show's 100th episode, and Saturday Night Live responded to its lack of diversity problem by adding Sasheer Zamata to the cast. And last week, thousands of people gathered in New York City's Times Square to ring in 2014. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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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

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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

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