Sasheer Zamatawent live from New York on Saturday night.Saturday Night Live, that is.

Zamata, whose hiring made much fanfare because she is the first African-American female cast member sinceMaya Rudolphleft the show in 2007, kicked off her regular gig onSNLwith the words "Mazel Tov." It was during host and musical guest Drake's opening monologue-skit that fans got their first glimpse of cast member Zamata on theSNLstage.

While much reaction on social media was about the rapper's first hosting stint on the NBC show, Zamata drew attention even before the broadcast as controversy began in the fall over the lack of diversity in theSNLcast. The announcement of her hiring in early January madeheadlines. Celebrities, including recent guest host andScandalactressKerry Washingtonand regular cast memberBobby Moynihan, expressed theirsupportof the selection.

During her debut, Zamata showed the range of characters she could bring to the regular Saturday night party in more sketches: She did a Rihanna-Blossom impression and played a pre-teen who hosted a sleepover in which Drake played her father.

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