Simu Liu and Bowen Yang are the first Asians to argue over who has more ‘first Asian’ titles on ‘SNL’
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu and comedian Bowen Yang dived into a competition of who has the most “First Asian” honors on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL).
The “First Asian”: On the Nov. 20 episode of “SNL,” host Liu and cast member Yang turned competitive while congratulating each other for being the first Asians in different categories.
Simu Liu is doing the honors of hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend with musical guest Saweetie who appears to have gotten into an awkward situation with one of the “SNL” cast members.
Comedic tension: The longest-running sketch comedy show released the promotional video for the upcoming episode, which features the “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star, the award-winning rapper, and SNL cast members Cecily Strong and Kyle Mooney.
Simu Liu is set to host on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) and Saweetie will be joining him as a musical guest.
SNL Hosts: On Tuesday, SNL announced the upcoming November hosts and performers on Twitter, which included Liu, who will be joined by musical guest Saweetie. It is the first time in the show’s history that both the host and musical guest are of Asian descent.
Bowen Yang makes history as first Chinese American man nominated for Emmy for a supporting actor role
Bowen Yang makes history as the first Chinese American man and first “Saturday Night Live” member to be nominated for an Emmy as a supporting actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The nomination: Yang, a comedian on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL), received news that he was an Emmy nominee in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Comedian Bowen Yang is set to receive an award from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for his contribution to the visibility of the LGBTQ community both on and off the screen.
The Brooklyn-based writer and actor, who became a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” last year, will be given the Visibility Award at the HRC’s 25th annual North Carolina Dinner on February 22.
Like many LGBTQIA+ Asians raised in a conservative household, Bowen Yang — the first Chinese American and third openly gay male cast member of “Saturday Night Live” — has struggled to come out to his parents.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, the 29-year-old comedian shared sensitive memories from his teenage years, such as submitting himself to conversion therapy to appease his family.
After days with no comment, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has announced that new cast member Shane Gillis has been fired for recent racist, sexist, and homophobic comments made in 2018 and this year.
A spokesperson for “SNL” said on behalf of Lorne Michaels in a statement on Monday, according to Variety:
Andrew Yang has waded into the hot waters comedian Shane Gillis found himself in after making racist remarks about Chinese people in newly-unearthed video clips.
Gillis, who was announced as one of three new cast members for the 45th season of “Saturday Night Live,” referred to Chinese people as “f***ing c***ks,” mocked Chinese restaurants and declared “I love to be f***ing racist” in a September 2018 podcast with Matt McCusker.
Comedian Shane Gillis has issued a statement after generating backlash from a YouTube video of him calling Chinese people “chinks” along with many other derogatory remarks about Chinese culture.
Gillis’ racial slurs came back to haunt him immediately after he was announced as a new cast member for the upcoming season of New Saturday Night Live, alongside writer and comedian Bowen Yang, the show’s first fully East Asian cast member.
On Thursday, the internet rejoiced with news that “Saturday Night Live” was adding three additional cast members, most notably Bowen Yang, the first fully East Asian American cast member.
Yang became the fourth cast member of Asian descent following Rob Schneider, Fred Armisen, and Nasim Pedrad (who hails from Iran which is considered Western Asia).
Writer and comedian Bowen Yang is joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for its upcoming 45th season, making him the show’s first full-time fully East Asian cast member.