(Photo: Sasheer Zamata via Instagram)

Sasheer Zamata

A regular performer at New York's improv and sketch-based Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since 2009, it's understandable why Sasheer Zamata was chosen as the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live. The young comic was recruited after critics bashed the iconic variety show for lacking diversity in its cast, making Zamata the fifth Black actress in the show's history and the first since 2007. (Photo: Sasheer Zamata via Instagram)