January 7, 2014


Watch New 'SNL' Cast Member Sasheer Zamata's Beyonce Impersonation

Facing mounting criticism for a long-running lack of African-American women in its cast, Saturday Night Live capitulated last year and began an intensive search for a black female comedian to join the show immediately. After auditioning many hopefuls, SNL selected Sasheer Zamata of NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade to debut on the Drake-hosted 1/18 episode of the NBC comedy institution.

Given the fact that SNL loves celebrity impersonation sketches and Jay Pharoah has an incredible ability to mimic Jay Z, it was a sure bet that whoever they chose would be expected to pull out a Beyonce impersonation at some point. And perhaps not so surprisingly, Zamata has posted a slew of videos featuring her playing "Beyonce as a Mommy" over the last two years. 

Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images
Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images

The video at the top features her musical attempt to feed Blue Ivy ("I don't think you're ready for this jelly," get it?) while another shows Zamata-as-Beyonce breastfeeding (below). While Zamata could definitely work on nailing the Beyonce voice and facial expressions, both are funny ideas, and they're well-executed on what appears to be no budget. Also, the girl can dance, and that always comes in handy (just ask Jason Sudeikis).

You should watch these while they're still on YouTube. Unfortunately, other clips featuring her Rihanna and Nicki Minaj impersonations have already been taken down. The Minaj one was particularly great, as it had the YMCMB rapper reading Green Eggs & Ham. But take heart: It's only a matter of time before Zamata-as-Minaj makes her TV debut.