Gay comic Bowen Yang has joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, he is the first Asian to become a permanent member of the show. Yang is to join SNL for its upcoming 45th season, which is set to begin on September 28. The comic has previously served as a staff writer on the show during its 44th season, co-writing a skit that featured Emma Stone as an actress who is cast in a gay porn film as the cheated-on girlfriend. He also made occasional appearances in the show playing the role of the North Korean leader. Yang, 29, was congratulated on Twitter by friends and fans, who pointed out that he was one of only a few out gay men in SNL and the first gay Asian. SNL has previously been called out for its lack of gay male comics, with 1980s staple Terry Sweeney and short-lived 2014 cast member John Milhiser among the only out men to have appeared.