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“SNL” Fave Bowen Yang to Star in Gay Fire Island Rom-Com

"I get to make a movie with one of my best friends," Joel Kim Booster tweeted.

Think Quibi can’t get any gayer? Hold its rum punch.

SNL featured player and Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens star Bowen Yang is set for a lead role opposite Joel Kim Booster in Booster’s Trip, a gay rom-com set on New York’s famed Fire Island, Deadline reports. Yang will play Bowen, Joel’s “wise and witty best friend.”

“I get to make a movie with one of my best friends,” Booster tweeted. “This story was very much inspired by our friendship, which is why I cast @bowenyang in the titular role.”

Quibi, a new short-form digital streaming service, greenlit the project last month. “I have to tell you it has not been easy to sell a show about queer people doing queer things and up until now next to impossible to get one greenlit,” Booster previously tweeted. “So this is cool.”

It was announced in September that Booster and producer Jax Media were developing a modern gay rom-com inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Stephen Dunn (Closet Monster, Peacock’s Queer as Folk) will direct.

Trip, also written by Booster, “centers around two best friends who set out to have a legendary week-long summer vacation with the help of cheap rosé and a cadre of eclectic friends,” according to an official synopsis.

Booster, who was born in South Korea and adopted as an infant by a white Christian family, began his stand-up career in Chicago and moved to New York City in 2014. With this funnyman at the helm, expect Trip to be heavy on pride, light on prejudice.

“My work really allows me to express pride in a lot of different ways,” the Sunnyside star told Logo last year. “I’m telling my own story on stage through stand-up. It gives me license to speak without a filter in ways that I probably wouldn’t in everyday life.”

“I think my work as a comedian and as a writer is anti-shame, which is sort of the definition of pride in a lot of ways,” he added. “Not being ashamed of who I am, where I came from, what I do, and talking about that onstage allows me to show pride in all of that.”

Booster, who co-hosts the RuPaul’s Drag Race podcast What the Tuck?, has also written for shows like Big MouthBilly on the Street, and The Other Two.

Yang is making SNL history as the first Chinese-American performer on NBC’s sketch comedy series, and he’s only the third openly gay male cast member after Terry Sweeney and John Milhiser. Co-host of the Las Culturistas podcast with Matt Rogers, Yang has also appeared in High MaintenanceIsn’t It Romantic, and The Outs.

Quibi launched April 6.

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