The IC Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted comedian Bowen Yang in a Zoom Webinar for students. The “Saturday Night Live” cast member shared his insight on everything from breaking into comedy writing to his dream podcast lineup.
Although he enjoyed improv and sketch comedy from a young age, and even performed on the improv team at New York University, Yang originally envisioned himself entering the medical field, and he graduated from NYU with a degree in biology.
“I really did believe in my heart of hearts that I would be a great physician and that I would follow through, but in the back of my mind I was always like ‘man I do really love this comedy thing,’” he said. “I remember reading this Steve Carrell interview where he talked about applying to law school, and that when he got to the short answer portion on his application, he realized he needed to be a comedian. When I got to the short answer portion of my MCAT, I said ‘I can’t do this.’ I voided my test and walked out of the testing center.”