Michael Che

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Michael Che
Birth name Michael Che Campbell[1]
Born (1983-05-19) May 19, 1983 (age 31)
Manhattan, New York City
Medium Stand up, television
Nationality American
Genres Political satire
Notable works and roles Weekend Update anchor, The Daily Show correspondent, Saturday Night Live writer

Michael Che (born May 19, 1983) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He was briefly a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has previously worked as a writer for Saturday Night Live. Starting at the end of September 2014, he will serve as a Weekend Update co-anchor for the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, alongside Colin Jost. [2] Che will be replacing Cecily Strong in Weekend Update. Che is the first African-American co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update and the first former Daily Show correspondent to leave for Saturday Night Live (although a former SNL cast member has later joined The Daily Show.)

Early life[edit]

Che is the youngest of seven children. He is the son of Rose and Nathaniel Campbell,[3] and was named after Che Guevara by his father, a history buff.[4] He was born in Manhattan and raised in its Lower East Side, graduating from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.[5][6] He is a winner of New York's Funniest Stand-Up Competition.[1] In 2013, Variety called Che one of "10 Comics to Watch",[7] while Rolling Stone named him one of "The 50 Funniest People."[5]


Che joined Saturday Night Live as a writer in 2013. On April 28, 2014, it was announced that Che would join The Daily Show in June as a correspondent.[1][8] Che made his onscreen debut as a Daily Show correspondent on June 4, 2014.

On September 11, 2014, he was named to take over for Cecily Strong as the Weekend Update anchor for the 40th season of Saturday Night Live alongside Colin Jost.[9] Che is the first African-American co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update.[10]



Year Film Role Notes
2013 Chinese Puzzle Un passant
2014 Lyle Threes


Year Series Role Notes
2012 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Himself Episode: "3.5"
2013–present Saturday Night Live Himself, Various Also writer
2014 The Half Hour Himself Episode: "3.2"
2014 The Daily Show Himself 9 episodes


  1. ^ a b c Busis, Hillary (April 28, 2014). "Michael Che: 5 things to know". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Carter, Bill (September 11, 2014). "New Comic to Anchor ‘Update’ on ‘S.N.L.’". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/06/michael-che-snl-daily-show.php?page=all
  4. ^ http://splitsider.com/2013/04/talking-to-michael-che-about-touring-the-world-and-making-standup-glamorous/
  5. ^ a b "The 50 Funniest People Now". Rolling Stone. January 24, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "City-Bred Comic Has His Heart in the Club". New York Times. November 2, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ Andrew Barker Senior Features Writer @barkerrant (July 17, 2013). "10 Comics to Watch: ‘SNL’ Writer Michael Che Hones Chops in Edinburgh". Variety. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ Hal Boedeker. "Daily Show names Michael Che correspondent". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Carter, Bill (September 11, 2014). "New Comic to Anchor ‘Update’ on ‘S.N.L.’". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Michael Che to Become First Ever Black Anchor of SNL's Weekend Update". Jezebel. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 

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