Poehler: ‘SNL’ hiring Zamata ‘awesome’

PASADENA, Calif. – “Saturday Night Live” alumna Amy Poehler says her old show’s hire of comic Sasheer Zamata is awesome. Zamata and two new writers were hired at the comedy show last week. All are black, with the show responding to criticism that it needed more diversity. 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.