It only took 45 seasons, but SNL has added its first Asian-American featured player with Bowen Yang.
🚨 Season 45 Alert 🚨
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) September 12, 2019
According to NBC News: The late-night sketch comedy series announced Thursday that Bowen Yang, who joined the show as a staff writer last year, was among three new hires for Season 45. The promotion of Yang, who is of Chinese heritage, makes him the series’ only Asian American full-time cast member. Former cast members Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider both are part Asian.
Yang, who is gay, co-hosts the podcast, Las Culturistas, entertains on comedy club stages and is known for his lip-sync videos. Yang was also one of the writers of the 2019 Golden Globes and has appeared on such shows as High Maintenance and Broad City.
Yang has said he was a fan of SNL growing up. He recently said in an NBC News interview that joining the series was a career milestone.