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Gay Comic Bowen Yang Is “Basically the Lizzo of China” on “SNL”

"And turns out I’m 100% that trade daddy."

Someone’s feeling good as hell today.

Saturday Night Live’s 45th season continued last night with host Phoebe Waller-Bridge and musical guest Taylor Swift, and new featured player Bowen Yang got another chance to be great.

The 28-year-old comedian dropped by the “Weekend Update” desk to debut an original character, Chinese trade representative Chen Biao, who flamboyantly breaks down the ongoing trade war between China and the U.S.

“You guys increase your taxes on our imports, we increase taxes on yours,” Biao explains. “Meanwhile, I’m in the middle of it all, and you know I hate the attention.” Truth hurts: He actually loves attention—and we’ll gladly give it to him!

“I’m running tariffs, so this is my time, I’m having my moment,” he continues. “I’m basically the Lizzo of China right now. And turns out I’m 100% that trade daddy.”

When “Weekend Update” anchor Michael Che points out that U.S. tariffs on China are going up to 30%, Biao quips, “Who cares? I tip 30% when my waiter has beefy traps.”

“Look, this trade war is tit for tat, baby. And in China, we got some tig ol’ bitties. I’m talking back pain.”

Bowen 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.

Watch Bowen as Biao below.
 

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