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 and replacing Cecily Strong. Che is also the first black co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update.
Michael Che Campbell was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the youngest of seven children of Rose and Nathaniel Campbell. His father, a history buff, named Michael after Che Guevara.
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.
Che started doing stand-up comedy in 2009. He would regularly work several sets per night. In 2012, Che appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.
He is a winner of New York's Funniest Stand-Up Competition. In 2013, Variety called Che one of "10 Comics to Watch", while Rolling Stone named him one of "The 50 Funniest People."
Che joined Saturday Night Live as a writer in 2013, at first as a guest writer and soon after as regular writer. On April 28, 2014, it was announced that Che would join The Daily Show in June as a correspondent. 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.
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. Che is the first African-American co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update. 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, leaving Che and Kenan Thompson as the only male African-American cast members.
In 2014, Che appeared in the movie Top Five, appearing as one of Chris Rock's character's friends.
Celebrity impressions on SNL
- Thurgood Marshall
- Lester Holt
- Meek Mill
- ^ Busis, Hillary (April 28, 2014). "Michael Che: 5 things to know". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
- 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.
- Hal Boedeker. "Daily Show names Michael Che correspondent". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
- Rudolph, Ileane (July 27, 2015). "Alumni Association: A roundup of The Daily Show's coolest Graduates". TV Guide. pp 21-22.
- "Michael Che to Become First Ever Black Anchor of SNL's Weekend Update". Jezebel. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- Sandoval, Lapacazo (December 11, 2014). "Rock makes another hit with 'Top Five'". New York Amsterdam News. New York, New York. p. 18.
|2013||Chinese Puzzle||Un passant|
|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|
|2016||Michael Che: Matters||Himself||Stand-up special|