Sasheer Zamata appears to have the contemporary comedy scene figured out. Before becoming Saturday Night Live’s newest (and most underutilized) comic, the Upright Citizens Brigade alumna was making a name for herself with the snarky, all-too-real, occasionally embarrassing YouTube series Pursuit of Sexiness. With real-life friend Nicole Byer (MTV’s Girl Code), Zamata muses on one-night stands, Facebook relationships, and dancing on the New York City Subway. In her “Vegan Soul Food” video, Zamata gestures wildly while both making soup and lamenting the current state of race relations. Being a woman of color with wide comedic appeal may have helped get Zamata on TV, but the everyday awkwardness she channels on the stage makes her an even more appealing performer. Without elaborate costumes and the time constraints of a web video, Zamata will deliver her charm and wit in even greater doses at the Black Cat. Sasheer Zamata performs with Kenny DeForest at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.