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Bowen Yang        

Comedian, Writer & Cast Member of "Saturday Night Live"

Whether he’s securing an Emmy® nomination for his stand-out performances on "SNL," starring in critically acclaimed TV shows, or co-hosting a Times Top 50 pop culture podcast, Bowen Yang has established himself as a trailblazer in every facet of the industry he enters. Full of personality, Bowen Yang is celebrated for his innovative creativity and savvy humor which continue to distinguish him as one of the top comedians of our generation.

During his first two seasons as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live," Yang breathed new life into sketch comedy with his iconic and unforeseen performances of characters like the Iceberg that sunk the Titanic or the passionate Chinese trade representative Chen Biao. This past season landed him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, making him not only the first Chinese American actor to be nominated in the category, but also the first "SNL" featured player to compete for an Emmy®. Alongside his career at "Saturday Night Live," Yang dominates the podcast space with his hit, original series “Las Culturistas” with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, a hilarious, candid conversation where they offer their takes on the latest Hollywood headlines and deep dive into “Big C Culture.” More recently, Yang has been casted in the leading role of “Hot White Heist,” a comedy fiction podcast featuring an all-queer cast. Yang is also known for playing Edmund in "Awkwafina is Nora from Queens" on Comedy Central, and for his upcoming role in "Fire Island." He’s made memorable appearances on "2 Dope Queens," "Broad City," "Jon Glaser Loves Gear," and "High Maintenance."

Yang was named one of Comedy Central’s Up Next comedians at Clusterfest in San Francisco. He has appeared on "Jon Glaser Loves Gear" (truTV), "Broad City" (Comedy Central), "High Maintenance" (HBO), and "The Outs" (Vimeo), and has created various live shows including “Live on Broadgay” at Littlefield,” Lake Homo High” at The Annoyance, and “Drag Court” at The PIT. He performs sketch with Pop Roulette—named one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch” in 2015. His work has been featured on Above Average, The Onion News Network, Mashable, and CollegeHumor.

Not only is Yang a pioneer in the comedy space, but he is also championed for his ongoing advocacy for Asian American and LGTBQ+ communities. His authentic, and honest perspective on race and sexuality have added invaluable dimension to every project he takes part in, inspiring conversations that have long been overdue in the industry. Accumulating thousands of views and listeners on NPR’s accredited broadcast “It’s Been A Minute” or the beloved “The May Lee Show,” Yang has blessed the comedy community with his nuanced and enriching insights on intersectionality and diversity. Through his sketches, podcasts, and off-stage interviews, Yang continues to open doors in the entertainment space, all while empowering and building communities for queer people of color.

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