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This is why Sandra Oh hates receiving compliments

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As the host of this week’s Saturday Night Live, the actress addressed why she can’t stand bragging. 

Sandra Oh has had a pretty fantastic year.

Star of a critically-acclaimed television show! Awards success! Golden Globes host! And now, her very own episode of Saturday Night Live. The actress made her SNL debut this weekend as the host of the beloved sketch show, and she instantly struck a chord with audiences. She was goofy, silly and brought all the laughs, nowhere more so than in her opening monologue.

Here, Oh revealed that though she knows that she’s on a career-best run at the moment, she’s not able to grapple with what that means because she can’t abide compliments.

“I’ve been having a good year,” Oh joked, “or so people tell me. It’s hard for me to accept compliments because I’m Canadian.”

She continued: “In Canada, you cannot brag. They don’t like you to get all briggidy braggedy. The Canadian response to a compliment is ‘Sorry’. And I’m also Asian… Being Asian means I am a master at deflecting praise.”

Oh added that it is officially her one year anniversary of achieving American citizenship. “I love Americans, you are confident and direct. Now that I am an Asian Canadian American, I’m trying to learn a thing or two about tooting my own horn.”

Eventually, she got there, with a little help from SNL’s resident swag-master Leslie Jones. Oh rounded out her monologue by bragging that her name is Sandra Oh, and she’s hosting Saturday Night Live. And the fans on social media loved it. 

The rest of the episode lived up to Oh’s monologue, too. 

Our personal favourite sketch was Future Self, in which Oh appears as ‘Tishy’, an energy-drink swilling goofball girlfriend of everyone’s nightmares, but she was also hilarious in The Duel, a gory reimagining of what happens off-screen in period dramas. 

Oh better get used to being complimented. 

What with the second season of Killing Eve about to premiere, and this stellar turn on SNL, Oh is more than worthy of all of our praise.

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