Lucy Liu Does Saturday Night Live

As an avid Saturday Night Live fan, I’m a pretty good authority as to who the more memorable (and forgettable) cast members have been and which hosts and musical guests have shined (and stunk) over the years. After watching the show the other night (and dubbing Cecily Strong the hottest female SNL cast member ever), I did some research and, just as I thought; in SNL’s 38-year history, the show has never had an Asian cast member and has had only one Asian female host, who was Lucy Liu, well over a decade ago. Above is Lucy’s opening monolog from her December 16th, 2000 appearance as host. Since she was the first Asian female to ever host SNL, it wasn’t surprising that she capitalized on that fact by using some Asian stereotypes to bring out the laughs.



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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English, traveling, and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the monthly magazine, Effective.


  1. Hard to believe it's been so long. Lucy looks like she hasn't aged a day when I see her on Elementary. I saw you did a post on Tina Kim way back. She would have been perfect for the SNL cast I think.

    • Yeah, Lucy’s still quite the hammer at 45. Regarding Tina Kim; I haven’t seen much of her lately. Maybe she would have been a good candidate for SNL, but even if they were looking for an Asian member to add a little more diversity to their cast, it would take more than just being a funny stand-up comic to pass their tough auditions.

  2. I also caught when I was home from college for Christmas. I thought Ming Na Wen also hosted sometime in the 2000’s, but guess not. Hard to believe it was almost 2 decades before another Asian female hosted.

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