New ‘SNL’ Cast Member Bowen Yang Is Asian American, Gay, and About to Make History

New ‘SNL’ Cast Member Bowen Yang Is Asian American, Gay, and About to Make History
Saturday Night Live” announced three new cast members for the upcoming 45th season Thursday, which includes the addition of its first Asian-American cast member, Bowen Yang. Yang began as a writer on the 2017-2018 season, and appeared in sketches sporadically, most notably playing Kim Jong-Un opposite Sandra Oh. Before joining “SNL,” Yang was a fixture in the New York stand-up comedy scene, where he garnered a following for his short-form videos and as co-host of the “Las Culturistas” podcast. He is also openly gay, making him only the third out gay male cast member in the show’s history (with Terry Sweeney and John Milhiser). He joins fellow out Lgbtq cast member Kate McKinnon.

Joining Yang are fellow new cast members Chloe Fineman and Shane Gillis. Fineman is a frequent performer at La’s prestigious comedy incubator The Groundlings. Both Fineman and Gillis were recently recognized as a New Face
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