- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 8, 2014

“Saturday Night Live” has added two black female writers shortly after hiring its first black female cast member in years amid criticism that the comedy sketch show lacked diversity.

The Washington Times reported Monday that the show added Sasheer Zamata, who will make her ‘SNL’ debut on Jan. 18, when musician Drake is set to host.


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The casting comes after “SNL” held auditions specifically for black females in New York and Los Angeles.

Now, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who also auditioned, will join SNL’s writers’ room starting on Monday, The Hollywood Reporter reported.


Jones, an actress and stand-up comedian, has written for and appeared on “Def Comedy Jam” and “1st Amendment Stand Up.” In 2011, her comedy special “Problem Child” was broadcast on Showtime, the report said.

Actress-comedian Tookes is a former news reporter from Florida who has performed at iO West, THR reported.