‘Saturday Night Live’ standout and pop culture pundit Bowen Yang kicks off ‘HomeStage’ series
August 18, 2020
He made history as the first Asian-American featured player on “Saturday Night Live” and became a viral Twitter sensation, lip-syncing unforgettable pop culture moments. Now, Bowen Yang kicks off the Moss Arts Center’s “HomeStage” series with a fun and frank conversation live from his home on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticketholders have access to the conversation as it happens, as well as up to seven days following the event. They can also submit questions for Yang before the online discussion, which is moderated by Jessica Nguyen, a Virginia Tech senior majoring in economics and double minoring in Asian studies and philosophy, politics, and economics. A second-generation Vietnamese American, Nguyen is an active advocate for the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community and is the president of Virginia Tech’s Asian American Student Union.
A New York-based actor, writer, and producer, Yang joined “Saturday Night Live” as a writer in 2018, creating memorable skits, such as “GP Yass,” which features a drag queen voicing the directions for a GPS navigation device. The following year he was named a featured cast member and is one of the very few openly gay male cast members in the show’s history. Yang’s on-screen work has included portrayals of North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un, presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, and Flint the SoulCycle instructor.
Yang co-stars in the Comedy Central show “Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens” and currently co-hosts the wildly popular podcast “Las Culturistas” with Matt Rogers. Friends since college, Yang and Rogers discuss the hottest pop-culture moments of the day, ask guests about their formative cultural experiences, and close with the fan-favorite rant segment, “I Don’t Think So, Honey!”
Yang was named one of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” comedians at Clusterfest in San Francisco and one of its “Comics to Watch” in 2015. He has appeared on “Jon Glaser Loves Gear” (truTV), “Broad City” (Comedy Central), “High Maintenance” (HBO), and “The Outs” (Vimeo), and has created various live shows, including “Live on Broadgay,” “Lake Homo High,” and “Drag Court.” He has performed sketch comedy with Pop Roulette and has been featured on Above Average, The Onion News Network, Mashable, and CollegeHumor.
This event is recommended for age 18 and up.
Following his “HomeStage” program, Yang will participate in a private virtual discussion with student leaders in the APIDA and LGBTQ+ communities at Virginia Tech.
Exclusive to the Moss Arts Center and designed specifically to be presented online, the “HomeStage” series is a curated collection of virtual performances offering opportunities to engage directly with artists. Guaranteed a front row seat, attendees get up close and personal with “HomeStage” series artists during these distinct performances and conversations, which include moderated discussions and question-and-answer sessions.
Tickets are $10 for general public and free for Virginia Tech students. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.
Each “HomeStage” series performance is only $10. The center’s Fall Access Pass includes all seven performances for the discounted price of $60. Enjoy full access to all seven and provide added support for the center with the Fall Access Fan(fare), which is available for $100.
All “HomeStage” series events are free for Virginia Tech students.