Whether playing Marvel’s first Asian superhero or becoming the first member of the Chinese-American cast of “Saturday Night Live,” every time Simu Liu or Bowen Yang do something in still-very-white Hollywood, it’s hailed as a historic first. .
So naturally, it was a groundbreaking event over the weekend when the two teamed up on the late-night sketch show where Liu made her hosting debut with hip-hop star Saweetie as the musical guest.
To underscore their significant representative victories and poke fun at some less notable milestones, including “First Asian man to move from Canada named Simu,” Liu and Yang appeared in a pre-recorded segment to fight for what they called “First Asians.”
The sketch begins with Yang awkwardly greeting Liu in his dressing room (“What’s wrong, my yellow partner?”), As they both express some fatigue from being celebrated for relatively inconsequential feats.
“I think it’s strange that people keep a record of these things,” Yang tells the “Shang-Chi” star in the clip.
But very soon their appreciation for each other becomes competitive as they begin to list their various accolades. For Liu, he is the “first Asian man to hit Splash Mountain.” Yang, meanwhile, has the honor of being the “first gay Asian cast member to mispronounce ’boutique’.”
“Don’t you think these titles are kind of ridiculous,” Liu asks Yang, before the sketch cuts through both stars accepting increasingly questionable awards with unbridled enthusiasm.
But when presented with an unclaimed trophy celebrating the “First Asian Man to Make an Impression of Cher on NBC,” they both seize the opportunity to make history and start singing.
As Liu wins that round, Yang is quick to remind him that he will always be victorious in proxy wars, telling him, “But remember, Simu, the first thing you do, I will always be gay.”
Check out the full sketch in the video above.