It was a historic night on SNL this weekend, as Simu Liu and Bowen Yang broke new ground for Asian performers on the show.
A sketch on this weekend’s SNL, which was hosted by Shang-Chi star Liu, showed just how much new ground these bold Asian performers are breaking.
“This has never happened before, Asian male host, Asian male cast member,” Yang says in the sketch as Liu visits him in his dressing room. They’re like the Spider-Man meme — where one Spider-Man figure points at another, — Liu says, which prompts Yang to say “except you have abs and I have IBS.”
Yang congratulates Liu on being the first Asian Marvel Lead, to which Liu replies “I mean you get it, right? I mean, first fully Asian cast member on SNL, right?” Then the firsts get even more specific, including one for Liu for “First Asian Man to Deadpan on Splash Mountain.”
“I guess they’re saying I’m the first Aisian man to blow up a dragon from the inside?” Liu says, to which Yang quickly replies, “I got the same one too, but it means something else.”
After they show off a couple more awards, Yang mentions that he didn’t even tell anyone about being on People’s Sexiest Men Alive list. “Weren’t you the first openly bottom guy on that list?” Liu asked. “I’m not open about that,” Yang replied. “Who told you that?” “Oh sorry, I just guessed,” Liu said. “Oh nice! Good job!”
The two start competing over awards when a trophy for First Asian Man to do a Cher Impression on SNL is brought in. When Liu wins, Yang gets serious. “Just remember Simu, whatever first thing you do, I’ll always be GAY.” Then we see one more plaque on the wall: the award for First Gay Asian Man to Deadpan on Splash Mountain.
Once again, Yang continues to be the best part of the current Saturday Night Live cast, giving us something to talk about every weekend. After being nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the show, Yang was made a full-time cast member in time for the current SNL season.
In the end, the bottom always comes out on top. Watch the hilarious sketch below.