Watch Awkwafina's SNL Opening Monologue

Watch Awkwafina's SNL Opening Monologue

Watch Awkwafina's SNL Opening Monologue

"I love you Lucy Liu! Be my friend!"

"I love you Lucy Liu! Be my friend!"

Text: AJ Longabaugh

Counted as the first Asian-American woman in 18 years to host SNL, Awkwafina took the late night stage by storm. Her witty opening monologue caused expected guttural laughs and included a genuinely heartfelt thank you to her predecessor and idol, Lucy Liu.

The Crazy Rich Asians star proclaimed, “Back in 2000, I came here to 30 Rock and waited outside when my idol Lucy Liu hosted SNL. I was a kid and I didn’t have a ticket, so I knew I wasn’t getting in, but I just wanted to be near the building. I remember how important that episode was for me and how 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. So, thank you, Lucy, for opening the door. I wasn’t able to make into the building then but, 18 years later, I am hosting the show. I love you, Lucy Liu! Be my friend!”

Watch Awkwafina's entire SNL opening monologue below:

Credits: IMAGE VIA SNL

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