Emmy Nominee Profile: Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live) Is Back

In 2019, after having worked as a writer on the 44th season of “Saturday Night Live”, bowen-yang he switched roles and became a featured cast member on the show. Two years later, he made history as the first leading actor from “SNL” to be nominated for an acting Emmy, specifically in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Now that the recently promoted repertory musician is up for the same award again this year, he’s with chevy chase, Juan Belushi, bill hader, alec baldwin Y Kenan Thompson as the sixth man (excluding guest stars) to receive multiple acting Emmy nominations for the NBC sketch series.

Yang has submitted “Host: Rami Malek,” the third installment of the 47th season of “SNL,” for Emmy consideration this year. This is the episode where she went viral for her portrayal of a proud, gay Oompa Loompa on the Weekend Update desk. He also plays a boy who takes his role as Daddy Long Legs in the bug contest too seriously, a mattress salesman who helps an immodest couple and George Takei in a sketch of the game show “Celeb School”.

In the 2021 support race, Yang was edged out by Brett Goldstein from “Ted Lasso” Two years earlier, he and his “SNL” team competed for best writing for a variety series, but lost to the group behind “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Yang is one of eight people recognized by the television academy as a writer and performer on “SNL,” and those who preceded him were Chase, Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, tina fey, John Mulaney Y Adam Sandler.

Yang, who is originally from Australia, would be the fourth winner of the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy born outside the United States, after werner-klemperer (Germany, “Hogan’s Heroes”, 1968-1969), Dan Levy (Canada, “Schitt’s Creek”, 2020) and Goldstein (England). He would also follow the 2019 champion. Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) as the second winner in the Asian Descent category. Furthermore, the 31-year-old could become the fourth youngest man to take home this award, after Rob Reiner (27 and 29, “All in the family”, 1974 and 1978), Woody Harrelson (28, “Health”, 1989) and Sean Hayes (30, “Will and Grace”, 2000).

In his second attempt in this category, Yang once again faces Goldstein and the returning “Ted Lasso” nominee. Nick Mohamed. The two debutants in the lineup are Tyler James Williams (“Abbott Elementary”) and a third actor from “Ted Lasso,” Toheeb Jimoh. antonio carrigan Y henry winkler have received their respective second and third nominations for “Barry,” with the latter winning in its opening run in 2018. Rounding out the group is Shalhoub, whose 2019 supporting cast win was his fourth overall, after a trio of awards for Best Comedy Actor for “Monje” (2003, 2005-2006).

This article is part of Gold Derby’s “Emmy Nominees Profile” series highlighting the 2022 acting contenders.

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