Awkwafina’s Heartfelt ‘SNL’ Tribute Gets an Awesome Response from Lucy Liu

After making history as the second Asian-American woman to host “Saturday Night Live,” Awkwafina received the most awesome response from her “idol” Lucy Liu for her heartwarming tribute.

Liu, who made history as the first-ever Asian-American woman to host “SNL” back in 2000, responded to the 29-year-old comedian and rapper’s amazing shoutout during her opening monologue on October 6, Huffington Post reported.


Thank you gorgeous @Awkwafina for the epic @nbcsnl shoutout and performance,” the former “Charlie’s Angels” star wrote in her Instagram post. “Shine on Fellow Warrior!”


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Thank you gorgeous @Awkwafina for the epic @nbcsnl shoutout and performance. Shine on Fellow Warrior! 🙏

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Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, shared a heartfelt story on how she tried to get into the audience during the taping for Liu’s historic hosting of “SNL” back when the “Crazy Rich Asians” actress was still 11 years old.

Back in 2000, I came here to 30 Rock and waited outside when my idol Lucy Liu hosted SNL,” she said in her monologue.

“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!”

Featured image (left) via YouTube / Saturday Night Live | (right) via Instagram / awkwafina

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