TVLine posted an article on Awkwafina’s opening monologue on tonight’s Saturday Night Live, and how she gave a shout out to Lucy Liu, for being the first Asian American woman to host the hallowed NBC sketch comedy show back in 2000. Coincidentally, Awkwafina almost attended that show 18 years ago. Tonight, Awkwafina became the second Asian American woman to host the show.
“Back in 2000, I came here to 30 Rock and waited outside when my idol Lucy Liu hosted SNL,” she recounted. “I was a kid and I didn’t have a ticket so I knew I wasn’t getting in. I just wanted to be near the building. I remember how important that episode was for me… It totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian American woman.
“Standing here tonight is a dream I never thought would come true,” she continued. “Thank you Lucy for opening the door. I wasn’t able to make it into the building back then, but, 18 years later I’m hosting the show!”
Watch the video that was posted on SNL’s official Twitter:
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) October 7, 2018