Saturday Night Live Taps Bowen Yang as First Ever Asian-American Cast Member
Bowen Yang, Chloe Fineman, and Shane Gillis are joining the NBC comedy sketch series for season 45
Saturday Night Live is adding three new faces for season 45 — including the show’s first ever Asian-American cast member.
On Thursday, the NBC comedy sketch series announced on Twitter that former staff writer Bowen Yang, who is of Chinese heritage, was tapped as a featured player for the upcoming season, alongside newcomers Chloe Fineman and Shane Gillis.
Yang made his debut on the series last season as a writer. He briefly appeared on camera in March as Kim Jong-Un in a sketch with host Sandra Oh.
He also co-hosts the comedy podcast Las Culturistas.
Fineman and Gillis were both named New Faces at the Just Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Fineman has also performed with Groundlings, an improv theatre troupe in Los Angeles.
The comedian and actress shared an Instagram montage of her many iconic skits, thanking the network, producers, writers and her costars for making the show her “second home.”
SNL returns Sept. 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.