Sasheer Zamata is the newest cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” She is the first black female cast member the sketch comedy show has had since 2007, and one of four since the show’s inception.

Zamata, who trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York (one of the founder’s is “SNL” alum, Amy Poehler), will make her debut on January 18 with guest, Drake.

The show came under fire in the fall of 2013 when they were criticized for not having an African American female in the cast. The show’s creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, held casting calls to find one to add to the show.

The actress-comedienne graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009, according to her website, and she soon moved to New York City.

She’s been featured in commercials for Apple, Target, and Verizon Wireless, as well as the (now canceled) FX show, “Totally Biased with Kamau Bell.”

Watch her work below! (It’s NSFW.)

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