published Friday, January 10th, 2014

Amy Poehler: 'SNL' hiring Sasheer Zamata 'awesome'



Amy Poehler poses for photographers in Los Angeles in this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo.  “Saturday Night Live” alumni Poehler says her old show’s hire of young comic Sasheer Zamata is awesome.
Amy Poehler poses for photographers in Los Angeles in this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo. “Saturday Night Live” alumni Poehler says her old show’s hire of young comic Sasheer Zamata is awesome.
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    Sasheer Zamata. Zamata, 27, from Indianapolis, will join the cast of "Saturday Night Live," for the Jan. 18 episode.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

PASADENA, Calif. — "Saturday Night Live" alumna Amy Poehler says her old show's hire of young comic Sasheer Zamata is awesome.

Zamata and two new writers were hired at NBC's longtime comedy show last week. All are black, with the show responding to criticism that it needed more diversity in its creative staff.

Poehler takes particular pride. She's a co-founder of New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and says that Zamata was brought in as part of that improv group's own effort to promote diversity.

Poehler is preparing for Sunday's job co-hosting the Golden Globes with Tina Fey, which she said she's anticipating with a mixture of excitement and nervousness.

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