has made the kind of impact on “Saturday Night Live
” that few other featured players have. Over the course of just two seasons, the actor has established a unique presence on the sketch comedy series with viral Weekend Update appearances, hilarious impressions and idiosyncratic creations of his own. And that’s before he’s even been upgraded to the repertory cast. Heading into Emmy nominations voting, Yang now has the potential to make history by becoming the first featured player to earn a nomination in the show’s 46-season history.
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From 1976 to 2007, “SNL
” cast members were eligible to be nominated in the now-defunct Best Individual Variety Performance category, with one exception being Eddie Murphy
‘s supporting actor bid in 1983. During that time, only repertory players were nominated in individual variety performance, from Chevy Chase
to Will Ferrell
. Starting in 2008, the “SNL