Meet The Comic Who’s Bringing Beyonce + Michelle Obama To Saturday Night Live

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2) She’s Got The Sketch & Improv Chops

Zamata not only has drama degree from the University of Virginia, but she’s an alum of the Upright Citizens Brigade (aka Amy Poehler‘s home turf) theater in New York. Now, lots of performers might do a class or two at the UCB and claim they’re part of the community, but Zamata is one of the current comedic pillars of the UCB.

She’s a member of the house Harold team, Bucky, and has been both a writer and a performer for a Maude sketch team. Not to mention, she co-hosts the show School Night and performs regularly with celebrated indie improv team, Doppelganger. Now, one of those credits would be a big deal, but Zamata’s done it all.┬áSo it’s no wonder that she was interviewed by NBC News in 2012 as a possible “comedy star of the future” from the UCB (skip to 5:15 if you somehow don’t want to watch Amy Poehler talk about comedy).

3) Oh, And She’s Also A Talented Stand Up Comic

In addition to being a great sketch and improv comedienne, Zamata is also one of NYC’s fastest rising stand up comedy stars. She’s performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, on Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch Showcase and she’s opened for John Mulaney.

She’s also adapted one of her stand up into a short film that’s been featured on Jezebel and it’s been endorsed by Lena Dunham.

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