If you've seen Crazy Rich Asians or Ocean's 8, you'll know that Awkwafina is hilarious. When she opened Saturday Night Live in her first time hosting the show, the 29-year-old actress delivered a touching monologue that paid tribute to Lucy Liu, the first-ever Asian woman to host the show. On Oct. 6, Awkwafina became the second.
See, Awkwafina waited outside of Saturday Night Live when she was 11 years old to try and get into the taping of the episode Lucy hosted in 2000. "I remember how important that episode was for me and totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian-American woman," Awkwafina said. Adding, "Thank you, Lucy, for opening the door. I wasn't able to make it in the building back then, but 18 years later, I am hosting the show."
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Awkwafina's heartwarming monologue was of course not without laughs. In her first line, she said, "I was gonna come out dressed like a water bottle, but apparently someone did that last week." She also managed to slip in a Donald Trump impression in joking about her dad's accent. Watch the monologue above.