One of People's 'Sexiest' Men, Bowen Yang Opens Up about 'SNL' Parties

Thursday November 11, 2021
Originally published on November 10, 2021

Bowen Yang
Bowen Yang  (Source:Associated Press)

Out comic and "Saturday Night Live" regular Bowen Yang was named one of the sexiest men of 2021 by People Magazine, and it is giving him the opportunity to open up.

"I'm pulling the veil back a lot," Yang told People this week before going into some of his favorite SNL experiences. "Some of my happiest moments have been at the afterparties."

The 31-year-old Yang said joining the cast in 2019 "changed my life in every way imaginable" and described one of the show's (pre-COVID) afterparties that really made the experience surreal.

"Solange was the musical guest, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z showed up," he recalls. "I think I blacked out, like, 'This is what it's like every week?!'"

He described the afterparty as being equal parts "wholesome and debaucherous." Yang says he can usually be found sipping a cocktail before eventually wandering out onto the dance floor.

He added his encounter with Khloé Kardashian. "I drank a bourbon when I went to [host] Kim Kardashian West's secret afterparty," he says. "I turned around and Khloé Kardashian looked me in the eyes and said, 'What are you drinking? That's so sad. Drink champs with me.' I was like, 'Whatever you say, Khloé Kardashian.'"

He also recalled one party when he let loose when RuPaul hosted the show in February, 2020. "The DJ played 'Be My Lover' by La Bouche and I knew every single word. Everyone got up on tables and danced," he says. "Michael Che was like, 'Whoa, Bowen's going off.' Normally he's cool as a cucumber, so if I can get Che out of his chair, then I've done something right."

And what is his morning-after cure?

""It'll be bacon, egg and cheese from some cute little bagel shop in Brooklyn, or fried dumplings," he says. "And any episode of 90 Day Fiancé because it's so jarring that it literally is sobering. You just feel better about where you're at in life."