Indy Native makes debut on Saturday Night Live

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An Indianapolis native is making her debut on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.

SNL announced earlier this month that the show would be adding a black woman to its cast after being criticized for a lack of diversity.

NBC said that Indianapolis native Sasheer Zamata will join the show. She is a recent University of Virginia graduate who has worked for the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group in New York City.

Zamata is a 2004 graduate of Pike High School.

"SNL" hasn't had a black woman among its regular cast members since the biracial Maya Rudolph left in 2007. It has had four black women in its regular troupe since premiering in 1975.

It became an issue earlier this season after the show's two black male cast members, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson, made comments about the absence. It also was joked about onscreen when Kerry Washington of "Scandal" was a guest host.

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