Awkwafina is an Asian American actress and rapper most recently known for her hilarious turn in the dramedy film, Crazy Rich Asians.
But now she has another impressive notch to add on her growing resume; one that is a long time coming.
She's setting a precedent as the first Asian American actress in 18 years to host SNL.
Lucy Liu was the last Asian woman to host Saturday Night Live, but that was back in December 16, 2000.
On Thursday, SNL officially tweeted out their lineup to kick off their 44th season that includes Awkwafina's October 6 appearance.
The accompanying photo lists other hosts and musical guests on numerous post-its on a cork board.
The first three shows of the season! #SNL https://t.co/YRH76gBDsn— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@Saturday Night Live - SNL)1538078776.0
Former SNL alum Seth Meyers, who will also make his hosting debut the following week on October 13, expressed his excitement for the comedienne in a tweet which reads: "Awkwafina is gonna kill it!!!!!"
Awkwafina is gonna kill it!!!!! https://t.co/UfJlO7OYbM— Seth Meyers (@Seth Meyers)1538079171.0
Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, left Crazy Rich Asians audiences in stitches as Goh Peik Lin, Rachel Chu's (Constance Wu) quirky but loyal bestie.
Awkwafina commented on the budding presence of more Asian American actors in Hollywood in an August interview on Huffington Post.
"With all the things that are happening, this is a woke time, and whether Hollywood likes it or not, they're going to have to change things up."
People are excited.
@triketora Oh My F'ing Gawd. WOW !!!— Jan Lee (@Jan Lee)1538160722.0
@nbcsnl @kanyewest @awkwafina @sethmeyers @PaulSimonMusic https://t.co/cps7nKa427— Rebecca Sun (@Rebecca Sun)1538082686.0
@nbcsnl @kanyewest @awkwafina @sethmeyers @PaulSimonMusic Me when I found out @awkwafina is hosting #SNL: https://t.co/CqouC31kIy— Chela (@Chela)1538082752.0
@triketora She’s a very funny woman. Can’t wait to see what she does w SNL 😊👍— SavoySummer (@SavoySummer)1538169629.0
@triketora Why do I already know we’re in for an SNL episode for the history books?— Luzana C. (@Luzana C.)1538149339.0
@nbcsnl @kanyewest @awkwafina @sethmeyers @PaulSimonMusic AWKWAFINA GOING FROM MTVS GIRL CODE TO STARING IN HOLLYWO… https://t.co/vY82fKdhHl— sarah k (@sarah k)1538085429.0
The 29-year-old rapper first made waves with her viral tracks, "My Vag" and "NYC Bitches" early in her career.
@triketora I’ve loved her since My Vag. Yay Nora!— Poops McGee (@Poops McGee)1538147392.0
The nearly twenty-year gap in between the two Asian women hosting SNL is embarrassing.
@triketora Im honestly not sure what more disturbing about this the fact it’s been 18 years or the fact I was able… https://t.co/UOaSLJ87zy— Steve Harvey (@Steve Harvey)1538229794.0
But maybe this is a first towards something more ambitious.
@triketora Now all we need now is SNL to have an Asian cast member and then we’ll make history.— Aaron Villanueva (@Aaron Villanueva)1538162139.0
Congratulations, girl. We'll be tuning in!