Though it’s not exactly en vogue with celebrities — at least not quite yet — the hills in and around the neighboring suburban towns of Glendale and La Canada Flintridge, Calif., are filled with architectural treasures. Donald Glover’s spectacular midcentury modern hideaway went on the market last month and is already in escrow to be sold, per the MLS. And now Sasheer Zamata, the actress and comedian best-known for her three-year stint on “Saturday Night Live,” has paid about $1.6 million for a century-old home in Glendale, this one a nearly 2,200-square-foot Spanish Revival structure with three bedrooms and two baths tucked into a tree-shaded pocket.
Born in Japan to American military parents, Zamata was raised in Indianapolis; while attending college at the University of Virginia, she cofounded the school’s long-form improv comedy troupe, Amuse Bouche. Now 34, the rising star went on to perform stand-up and sketch comedy in New York City and on various TV shows before getting her “SNL” big break in 2014. She quietly departed the show in 2017, later recalling that the gig “was not what I thought it was going to be,” but noted that she remains “actually glad it happened, and the way it happened.”
Since her “SNL” exit, Zamata has worked on pilots and film scripts. And she keeps things funny on the home front with longtime boyfriend Kenny DeForest, himself a stand-up comic who’s performed on the “Late Late Show With James Corden” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” among other TV shows.