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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