Emmy nominations were just announced earlier today, and the 30-year-old podcast host, writer, and comedian was able to snag a nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for his work on Saturday Night Live, the first time in the live sketch comedy series' 46-year-long history that one of their featured players (i.e. a newer, junior cast member with less tenure and screen time than their higher-billed counterparts) has been nominated for such an award.
As if that wasn't a major thing in itself, perhaps more importantly, Yang also became one of the still too few Chinese-American men to be nominated for an acting Emmy, which seems like a wild thing considering it's 2021! (B.D. Wong was nominated for his role in Mr. Robot back in 2017.) When Bowen joined the SNL cast in 2019, he made history as the first Chinese-American cast member and the third out, gay male cast member in the series' decades-long run.
\u201cBowen Yang making history as the first featured player to be nominated for an Emmy \u2728\n\nCONGRATS!\u201d
— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@Saturday Night Live - SNL)
"Always in awe of every person who makes and crafts @nbcsnl!" he wrote in a humorous, Dolly Parton-inspired Instagram post, celebrating the major achievement.