Michael Che

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Michael Che
Michael Che at Citi Field, 2015.jpg
Che at Citi Field in 2015
Birth nameMichael Che Campbell
Born (1983-05-19) May 19, 1983 (age 35)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Medium
Years active2012–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Notable works and rolesWeekend Update anchor, The Daily Show correspondent, Saturday Night Live writer

Michael Che (born Michael Che Campbell; May 19, 1983) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he serves as co-anchor on Weekend Update and co-head writer. Che and Colin Jost were named co-hosts of the 70th Emmy Awards for 2018.[1]

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 and replacing Cecily Strong.[2]

Early life[edit]

Michael Che Campbell was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the youngest of seven children of Rose and Nathaniel Campbell.[3] His father, a history buff, named Michael after Che Guevara.[4]

He was raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.[5][6]

Career[edit]

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][8] In 2013, Variety called Che one of "10 Comics to Watch",[9] 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.[8][10] Che made his onscreen debut as a Daily Show correspondent on June 4, 2014. Although he appeared in only nine segments during his brief time on the show, he was lauded by TV Guide for his work, in particular "Race/Off: Live From Somewhere", in which in response to the 2014 Ferguson protests, he continuously changed the location from where he was reporting his remote segment (with each change in location accompanied by a background change via the green screen), in order to ostensibly find a place where a black man would not be harassed by police officers, ultimately going into outer space. These are regarded by TV Guide as his signature segments on the program.[11]

On September 11, 2014, he was named to take over for Cecily Strong as the Weekend Update anchor for the 40th season of SNL alongside Colin Jost.[2] Che is the first African-American co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update.[12] During his first two seasons Che primarily hosted Weekend Update, while rarely appearing in any sketches. During his third season, Che was promoted to the main cast and Jay Pharoah left the show. This left Che and Kenan Thompson as the only male African-American cast members until Che's fourth season, when SNL hired Chris Redd, bringing the number of African-American male cast members to three.

In 2014, Che appeared in the movie Top Five, appearing as one of Chris Rock's character's friends.[13]

In December 2017, Che was named co-head writer of Saturday Night Live.[14]

On September 17, 2018, Che co-hosted the Emmy Awards with Colin Jost. The show reportedly received the lowest ratings of any Emmy broadcast ever.[15]

Celebrity impressions on SNL[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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 head writer
2014 The Half Hour Himself Stand-up special
2014 The Daily Show Himself 9 episodes
2016 Michael Che Matters Himself Stand-up special
2017 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Himself 3 episodes; also head writer
2018 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host) TV special

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2015 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series[16] Saturday Night Live Nominated
2016 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series[17] Saturday Night Live Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series[18] Saturday Night Live Nominated
2017 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series[19] Saturday Night Live Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series[20] Saturday Night Live Nominated
2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series[21] Saturday Night Live Won
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series[21] Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series[22] Saturday Night Live Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bradley, Laura. "'Colin Jost and Michael Che on Their Emmys Debut'". Vanity Fair.
  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. ^ Seabaugh, Julie (June 3, 2014). "How New York Comedian Michael Che Willed His Way to SNL and The Daily Show". Runnin' Scared; Village Voice. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "Talking to Michael Che About Touring the World and Making Standup Glamorous". 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". The 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. ^ a b Busis, Hillary (April 28, 2014). "Michael Che: 5 things to know". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Hal Boedeker. "Daily Show names Michael Che correspondent". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  11. ^ Rudolph, Ileane (July 27, 2015). "Alumni Association: A roundup of The Daily Show's coolest Graduates". TV Guide. pp 21-22.
  12. ^ "Michael Che to Become First Ever Black Anchor of SNL's Weekend Update". Jezebel. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  13. ^ Sandoval, Lapacazo (December 11, 2014). "Rock makes another hit with 'Top Five'". New York Amsterdam News. New York, New York. p. 18.
  14. ^ Robinson, Joanna (December 13, 2017). "Saturday Night Live Makes Its Most Baffling Move Yet". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  15. ^ Bauder, David (September 18, 2018). "Ratings Were at an All-Time Low for the 2018 Emmy Awards". Time. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  16. ^ McNary, Dave (December 4, 2014). "'Game of Thrones,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Lead WGA TV Nominations". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (January 6, 2016). "'The Martian,' 'Straight Outta Compton' Land Writers Guild Nominations". Variety. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  18. ^ Lewis, Dave (July 14, 2016). "Nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise. "WGA TV Nominations: 'The Americans', 'Stranger Things', 'Westworld', 'This Is Us' Among Nominees". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Emmys 2017: Full List of Nominations". Variety. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  21. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (7 December 2017). "WGA Awards: Top TV Noms Include 'Handmaid's Tale', 'Stranger Things', 'The Americans', 'GLOW'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Emmys: Netflix Beats HBO With Most Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.

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