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Michael Che

Michael Che

American comedian
Michael Che
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American comedian
Is Comedian Actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor
Gender male
Birth 19 May 1983, New York City
Age 38 years
Star sign Taurus
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

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.

Early life

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.

Career

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

Filmography

Film

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

Television

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
2016 Michael Che: Matters Himself Stand-up special

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