Saturday Night Live has been a mainstay of American television for over 40 years, but the show has yet to have an East Asian-American full-time cast member.
That's all about to change.
NBC recently announced that writer and comedian Bowen Yang will be joining the cast of tour de force comedians brave enough to broadcast live into the living rooms of Americans who need a laugh.
Yang may be new to the full-time cast, but he's no stranger to SNL.
He made his on-camera SNL debut last year in a scene stealing cameo as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kremlin Meeting - SNL youtu.be
Having worked as a writer for the show for one season, he also wrote one of SNL's most popular pre-taped sketches, "The Actress," with his colleague Julio Torres.
The Actress - SNL www.youtube.com
But SNL isn't the first time Bowen's comedic prowess has caught national attention.
Yang's lip syncs of viral cultural moments are hilarious—and precise enough to make any Drag Race queen green with envy.
when u Miranda Priestly. https://t.co/IvQ75lVesJ— Bowen Yang 杨伯文 (@Bowen Yang 杨伯文)1534998617.0
when u five feet on dating sites. https://t.co/r9oxGU79nc— Bowen Yang 杨伯文 (@Bowen Yang 杨伯文)1562818398.0
when u Erica Barry. https://t.co/nJWZEz0vHW— Bowen Yang 杨伯文 (@Bowen Yang 杨伯文)1550547449.0
You can also catch Yang doing stand up at various shows around his home of New York City.
Bowen Yang: BTS Reject | 2 Dope Queens | Season 2 www.youtube.com
And in addition to ALL OF THAT, Bowen Yang has a hilarious weekly cultural commentary podcast, Las Culturistas, with his best friend Matt Rogers.
People were thrilled at the news of Yang's latest achievement.
How many queer kids will be able to look up to an openly gay man being on SNL again? And how many Asian kids will f… https://t.co/gzesv3C69f— Benjamin Siemon (@Benjamin Siemon)1568310872.0
1. FOLKS...I was just walking down the street and started crying when I saw this news. @Bowenyang is joining the… https://t.co/X4niEJRQW2— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1568308480.0
Congrats to SNL for getting Bowen Yang.— Daniel Spenser (@Daniel Spenser)1568311731.0
cultural impact: █ █ █ █… https://t.co/bh4pwjN7VJ— jes tom 👽✨ (@jes tom 👽✨)1568310482.0
We love to see it.
For a peek behind the scenes of SNL, the book Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests is available here.
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