Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, narrated an endearing story about how she tried to get into the taping of that particular episode Saturday Night Live when she was 11 years old.
“Back in 2000, I came here to 30 Rock and waited outside when my idol Lucy Liu hosted SNL,” Awkwafina said.
“I was a kid and I didn’t have a ticket, so I knew I wasn’t getting in, but I just wanted to be near the building. I remember how important that episode was for me and how it totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian-American woman. Standing here tonight is a dream I never thought would come true., so thank you, Lucy, for opening the door. I wasn’t able to make into the building then, but, 18 years later, I am hosting the show. I love you, Lucy Liu! Be my friend!” she added.
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