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Things We Saw Today: Awkwafina Will Be the Second Asian Woman Ever to Host Saturday Night Live

Plus Aliens, Predators, and more!


In news that makes you say “yay!” followed by “WTF?”, Saturday Night Live announced that Awkwafina would be hosting the show on October 6th. Awkwafina has had a banner year, appearing in the star-studded Ocean’s 8 and the game-changing romcom Crazy Rich Asians. However, after 44 seasons, she will only be the second Asian woman to ever host the show (Lucy Liu hosted in 2000). They join only two other Asians who have hosted the late night comedy show, Jackie Chan and Aziz Ansari. Hopefully, these dismal and embarrassing stats will change as Hollywood moves (ever slowly) towards casting Asian folks in leading roles in film and television. In the meantime, we’re excited to see Awkwafina brings her comedic skills to the NBC staple.

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.