'Awkwafina is Nora From Queens': Meet star-studded cast of Comedy Central's hilarious series

With most of the cast making a comeback for season 2, 'Awkwafina is Nora From Queens' is sure to have you in splits

                            'Awkwafina is Nora From Queens': Meet star-studded cast of Comedy Central's hilarious series
Lori Tan Chinn, Awkwafina, B D Wong and Bowen Yang as seen in 'Awkwafina is Nora From Queens' Season 2 (Comedy Central)

For all you fans of 'Awkwafina is Nora From Queens', the wait is finally over because Season 2 has arrived!

The series sees Awkwafina get up to all her usual antics, as she tries to navigate through life, all of which is sure to leave you laughing. If you're looking for similar titles, consider 'Kim's Convenience' and 'Fantasy Island'.

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Nora Lum

Nora Lum, or as she is known professionally, Awkwafina, is an actress, comedian, rapper, author, and television host. Lum was born on June 2, 1988, in  Stony Brook, New York, on Long Island, Wally and Tia. Her father was Chinese American, which her mother was a Korean artist, who migrated to the USA in 1972. At the age of four, Lum lost her mother fairly early on and was raised by her father and paternal grandparents. She grew close to her grandmother during this time. 

She attended Fiorello H LaGuardia High School, played the trumpet, and was trained in classical music and jazz. She also went to Beijing Language and Culture University to learn mandarin more fluently to communicate with her grandparents without any barriers. She majored in journalism and women's studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. The name 'Awkwafina' came when she was 16 years old and was an alter ego for her of sorts, seeing that it was the opposite of her quiet personality during her college years. Her claim to fame was her 2012 rap song, 'My Vag' which gained popularity on YouTube.

Apart from her music, Awkwafina is known to have an extensive body of work which includes 'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising', 'Ocean's 8', 'Crazy Rich Asians', 'Jumanji: The Next Level' and 'The Farewell'. She won a  Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for the latter, making her the first woman of Asian descent to win in that category. 



B D Wong

Bradley Darryl Wong is an award-winning actor. He has won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for his performance as Song Liling in 'M. Butterfly', making him the only actor to have received all five awards for one role.

Wong was born on October 24, 1960, to Roberta Christine Wong, a telephone-company supervisor, and William D Wong, a postal worker. He was raised in San Francisco, along with his older and younger brother. He attended Lincoln High School and later went to San Francisco State University.

His other works include 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit', 'Oz', 'Awake', 'Jurassic Park' franchise, 'Gotham', and 'Seven Years in Tibet'. He's also lent his voice to numerous animated characters, such as Captain Li Shang from Disney's 'Mulan' and in 'Mulan II'.



Bowen Yang

Bowen Yang is an actor, comedian, podcaster, and writer. Yang was born on November 6, 1990, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. His family emigrated to Australia in the 80s. His father Ruilin, grew up in the rural part of Inner Mongolia and lived in a straw and mud hut. His mother is an obstetrician and gynaecologist.

At age 9, Bowen and his family moved to Aurora, Colorado. Growing up, Bowen was drawn to late-night comedian and hosts David Letterman and Conan O'Brien and was even voted 'Most Likely to Be a Cast Member on Saturday Night Live' in high school. He later attended New York University and graduated from N.Y.U. with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

He is known for his works such as 'Hot White Heist', 'Girls5eva', 'Archer', 'Cicada' and 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend'. He is also a part of the writing staff of Saturday Night Live and later went on to become on-air cast for the show's 45th season, making him the first Chinese-American to do so. He also hosts a comedy pop-culture podcast called 'Las Culturistas' with Matt Rogers.



Chrissie Fit

Chrissie Fit is an actress best known for her role as Mercedes Juarez in 'General Hospital'. Born April 3, 1984, Fit made her acting debut on the 'Zoey 101'. She later landed a role on 'General Hospital'.

Apart from being an actress, she has also written, directed and starred in the web series, 'The Subpranos'. She is also a part of the 'Pitch Perfect' franchise, having played Florencia "Flo" Fuentes in part 2 and 3 of the movies. Her other works include 'Women Is Losers', 'All My Life', 'Elena of Avalor', 'Pete the Cat', 'Liza on Demand', 'Florida Girls', 'Milkshake', 'Milo Murphy's Law' and 'I'm Sorry'.



Jennifer Esposito

Jennifer Esposito is an actress and author. Esposito was born on April 19, 1973, in New York City, to Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a music producer. She was raised on Staten Island and is a graduate of Moore Catholic High School.

She is known for her roles in 'Crash', 'Summer of Sam', 'Don't Say a Word', 'Taxi', and 'Welcome to Collinwood'. She has also worked on several T.V. shows, including 'The Looney Tunes Show', 'Spin City', 'Related', 'Samantha Who?', 'Blue Bloods', 'N.C.I.S.', 'The Boys' and 'Mistresses'.



Jonathan Park

Jonathan Edgar Park, popularly known by his stage name, Dumbfoundead is an Argentine-American rapper and actor. Park was born on February 18, 1986, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

His family immigrated to the United States via the Mexico–United States border without green cards and settled in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. Park began rapping at 14 and attended John Marshall High School but later dropped out. He did a range of odd jobs, while he continued to pursue his music career. 
An Asian-American rapper, his acting works include 'Sugar and Toys', 'The Mick', 'Watsky: Exquisite Corpse', 'Adventure Time', 'Bodied', 'Kings of Ktown', 'Power'.



Lori Tan Chinn

Lori Tan Chinn is an actress. Chinn was born on born July 7 1948 in Seattle, Washington. She moved to New York City by herself in 1969. Her works include 'Orange Is the New Black', 'Chloe & Theo', 'Final Recipe', 'Miss D', 'The Guitar', 'Year of the Fish', 'Security' and 'Law & Order: Trial by Jury'.

Ming-Na Wen

A Chinese-American actress, Ming Na Wen is most famously known to have voiced Mulan in the 1998 Disney classic -- 'Mulan'. Wen was born on November 20, 1963, in Coloane. After her parents divorced, she lived with her brother and mother in Hong Kong.

Her mother later remarried Soo Lim Yee, a Chinese American and the family moved to New York City when Wen was four years old. She attended Mount Lebanon High School and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University -- she majored in Theatre.

Over the years, she's played a number of roles on multiple television shows, such as Dr Jing-Mei 'Deb' Chen in the medical drama series 'E.R.', as Rachel Lu in the medical drama series 'Inconceivable' and most recently, as Melinda May in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'. Her other work includes roles in series such as 'The Batman', 'The Mandalorian', and 'The Book of Boba Fett', an upcoming series.



Comedy Central's 'Awkwafina is Nora From Queens' Season 2 premieres on Wednesday, August 18 at 10 pm ET/PT, with a second episode airing at 10.30 pm ET/PT.

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