Shane Gillis, New ‘S.N.L.’ Cast Member, Used Racial Slur in Podcast


A comedian named on Thursday as one of the newest “Saturday Night Live” cast members made racist remarks mocking Chinese people and used a racial slur in a podcast episode last year.

The comments were uncovered by a comedy journalist several hours after NBC announced that the comedian, Shane Gillis, 31, would be joining the cast along with two other performers, one of them the show’s first Chinese-American player.

In the episode, which was also recorded on video and uploaded to YouTube a year ago, Gillis, a stand-up comedian in New York, and his podcast partner, Matt McCusker, mimicked caricatures of Chinese accents. During their conversation, which was often vulgar, Gillis also called it a “hassle” to try to speak with a waiter in a Chinese restaurant and made other offensive remarks, including a slur referring to Chinese people.

On Thursday night, Gillis said on Twitter that he was a “comedian who pushes boundaries” and suggested that the jokes at issue were simply risks that did not work out. “I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said,” he wrote.

A NBC spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

Later, Gillis mocked a Chinese boy who he described as practicing his English.

“We had to move tables, it was so annoying,” Gillis said. “That’s more annoying than any other minority playing music at a restaurant loud on their phone.”

“An Asian trying to learn English bothers me more than someone listening to like Lil Uzi Vert while I’m trying to eat,” he continued, referring to the rapper.

He followed it up with an acknowledgment of sorts. “Nice racism,” he said.

Gillis was named to the “Saturday Night Live” cast for the 45th season, which begins Sept. 28, along with Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, who became a writer for the show last year and is its first Chinese-American cast member. Gillis, a Pennsylvania native, was honored as one of the “new faces” at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal this year.



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