'SNL' cast member Bowen Yang makes history with Emmy nomination
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Actor and comedian Bowen Yang made "Saturday Night Live" history on Tuesday after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on the show.

Yang is the first "SNL" featured player — or cast member still in their first two seasons on-air — to ever be nominated for one of the Television Academy awards, NBC News reports.

He is also one of the first Chinese Americans to receive an Emmy nod.


Yang originally joined "SNL" as a staff writer in 2018. When he joined as an official cast member in 2019, he became the first Asian-American to do so, Deadline notes.

Now Yang, fresh off his second season as a cast member, is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

In addition to "SNL," Yang also co-hosts the podcast "Las Culturistas" and guest stars on other television shows, including Comedy Central’s "Broad City," according to his "SNL" bio.

The news of Yang's chance to vie for the Television Academy's biggest honors comes the same day as another barrier-breaking nod. Actress Mj Rodriguez of "Pose" became the first openly transgender Emmy Award nominee in the category of outstanding lead actress in a drama series.