Bowen Yang Talks SNL, Pandemic, and Diversity and with Sam Sanders | It’s Been A Minute | NPR

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Published on 29 Sep 2020, 7:00
Sam Sanders talks with comedian Bowen Yang about becoming the first Chinese American cast member on Saturday Night Live, what it was like to do the show during a pandemic, and why Adele Dazeem is the number one moment in the history of culture.

00:00 - Praise for Grey’s Anatomy
1:00 - Sandra Oh’s impact on his career
4:00 - Filming the new season of SNL during the pandemic
10:10 - Absurd moments from filming the last season of SNL at home
11:38 - Absurd pandemic activities: talking to yourself and taking baths
19:04 - Praise for Insecure
20:40 - Advice from Natasha Rothwell about working at SNL
21:47 - Navigating the workplace as a person of color
26:07 - Bringing layered identities to his sketches
37:12 - Building his Andrew Yang impression
40:40 - The pressure of being “The First”
45:56 - Building his Chen Biao impression in the current political climate
51:26 - Praise for his podcast “Las Culturistas”
55:30 - What is Culture?
59:32 - Adele Dazeem, the number one moment in the history of culture
1:01:49 - Praise for Celine Dion
1:05:03 - Wrap-up

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