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SNL’s Bowen Yang was watching Real Housewives when he got his second Emmy nomination

"What an honor!"

By Alastair James

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Searchlight

Saturday Night Live‘s Bowen Yang has secured his second acting Emmy Award nomination.

Last year, the comedian, 31, made history as the first-ever Asian-American male actor to receive an Emmy nomination. He was also the first nominated featured player on the show.

On Tuesday (12 July) it was announced he was once again up for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series alongside Anthony Carrigan and Henry Winkler for Barry, Brett Goldstein, Nick Mohammed, and Toheeb Jimoh for Ted Lasso, Tony Shalhoub for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Tyler James Williams for Abbott Elementary.

Bowen’s SNL co-star, who has now departed the show after the last series, Kate McKinnon was nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and the gay comedian, Jerrod Carmichael has been nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series on the show.

Posting on Instagram Bowen revealed he was watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta on a plane when he learned of his nomination.

He added: “What an honor! @nbcsnl is the most wonderful convocation of talents and people and I share this with all the cast, writers, and crew.”

As well as putting audiences in stitches weekly on SNL playing everything from fashion trendsetters to the iceberg that sank the Titanic Bowen wowed audiences with his performance in the gay rom-com, Fire Island.

The 2022 Emmy nominations feature a healthy LGBTQ representation.

As well as Bowen, McKinnon, and Carmichael, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Queer Eye, Hacks, Euphoria, and The White Lotus have had nominations. 

The Emmys will be broadcast on Monday 12 September. Check out a full list of nominations here.

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