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'Crazy Rich Asians' Awkwafina Hosting SNL Is A Big Deal 18 Years In The Making

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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.


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, 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.











The 29-year-old rapper first made waves with her viral tracks, "My Vag" and "NYC Bitches" early in her career.




The nearly twenty-year gap in between the two Asian women hosting SNL is embarrassing.


But maybe this is a first towards something more ambitious.


Congratulations, girl. We'll be tuning in!


H/T - HuffingtonPost, Twitter, Bustle

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