Michael Che

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Michael Che
Birth name Michael Che Campbell[1]
Born (1983-05-19) May 19, 1983 (age 32)
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 Michael Che Campbell; May 19, 1983) is an American 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. At the end of September 2014, he became a Weekend Update co-anchor for the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, alongside Colin Jost.[2] Che replaced Cecily Strong on Weekend Update. Che is also the first African-American co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update.

Early life[edit]

Che was born in Manhattan, the son of Rose and Nathaniel Campbell,[3] and was named after Che Guevara by his father, a history buff.[4] He is the youngest of seven children, and was raised in NY's Lower East Side, graduating from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.[5][6]


Che started doing stand-up comedy in 2009.[7] He would regularly work several sets per night.[7] In 2012, Che appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.[7]

He is a winner of New York's Funniest Stand-Up Competition.[1] In 2013, Variety called Che one of "10 Comics to Watch",[8] while Rolling Stone named him one of "The 50 Funniest People."[5]

Che joined Saturday Night Live as a writer in 2013, at first as a guest writer and soon after as regular writer.[7] On April 28, 2014, it was announced that Che would join The Daily Show in June as a correspondent.[1][9] 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.[2] Che is the first African-American co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update.[10]

In 2014, Che appeared in the movie Top Five, appearing as one of Chris Rock's character's friends.[11]



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


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. ^ a b Carter, Bill (September 11, 2014). "New Comic to Anchor 'Update' on 'S.N.L.'". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Julie Seabaugh (June 3, 2014). "How New York Comedian Michael Che Willed His Way to SNL and The Daily Show". Runnin' Scared. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Talking to Michael Che About Touring the World and Making Standup Glamorous – Splitsider". Splitsider. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  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. ^ a b c d Greenstein, Colette (February 20, 2014). "Comedian Michael Che talks stand-up, SNL writing gig". The Bay State Banner (Boston, Massachusetts). p. 15. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Hal Boedeker. "Daily Show names Michael Che correspondent". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Michael Che to Become First Ever Black Anchor of SNL's Weekend Update". Jezebel. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ Sandoval, Lapacazo (December 11, 2014). "Rock makes another hit with 'Top Five'". New York Amsterdam News (New York, New York). p. 18. 

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