Bowen Yang

It didn’t take long for Bowen Yang to leave his mark on Saturday Night Live. In his second week, Yang—who is the first Chinese-American cast member in the series’ decades-long run—brought the house down with his new character, the Chinese official Chen Biao, proclaiming himself “100% that trade daddy” and showing off his “limited-edition Lunar New Year Air Jordans.” His unique mix of cultural specificity and preening magnetism, honed for years on Twitter and his podcast Las Culturistas, will make Yang a power player as mainstream comedy shifts toward the freewheeling sensibility of the Internet. —Andrew R. Chow

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