Michael Che

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Michael Che
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Che in 2015
Birth nameMichael Che Campbell
Born (1983-05-19) May 19, 1983 (age 37)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Medium
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Years active2009–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Notable works and roles Weekend Update anchor, The Daily Show correspondent, Saturday Night Live writer

Michael Che Campbell (born May 19, [1] 1983) [2] is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He is 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 Primetime Emmy Awards. [3]

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Che 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, replacing Cecily Strong. [4]

Early life

Michael Che Campbell was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the youngest of seven children of Rose and Nathaniel Campbell. [5] His father, a history buff, named Michael after the revolutionary Che Guevara. [6]

Che was raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. [7] [8]

Career

Beginnings and Saturday Night Live

Che started doing stand-up comedy in 2009, regularly working several sets per night. [9] In 2012, Che appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman . [9] [10] In 2013, Variety called Che one of "10 Comics to Watch", [11] while Rolling Stone named him one of "The 50 Funniest People." [7]

Che joined Saturday Night Live as a writer in 2013, at first as a guest writer and soon after as staff writer. [9] On April 28, 2014, it was announced that Che would join The Daily Show in June as a correspondent. [10] [12] Che made his onscreen debut as a Daily Show correspondent on June 4. Although he appeared in only nine segments during his brief tenure on the show, he was lauded by TV Guide for his work. His signature piece for the Daily Show was "Race/Off: Live From Somewhere", a satirical commentary on the 2014 Ferguson protests. In this segment, Che "reported" from various locations (with frequent background changes accomplished via chroma key), looking for a place where a black man would not be harassed by police officers. The sketch ended with Che floating in outer space. [13]

On September 11, 2014, it was announced that Che would take over Cecily Strong's position as a Weekend Update co-anchor for the 40th season of SNL, co-anchoring the segment with Colin Jost. [4] Che is the first African-American co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update. [14] During his first two seasons, Che primarily hosted Weekend Update and rarely appeared in any sketches. During his third season, Che was promoted to the main cast. In December 2017, Che was named co-head writer of Saturday Night Live. [15] Vulture.com 's Megh Wright complimented the Weekend Update joke-swapping segment where Che writes shockingly racist jokes for Jost to deliver. [16]

Other appearances

In 2014, Che appeared in the movie Top Five , appearing as one of Chris Rock's character's friends. [17]

On September 17, 2018, Che co-hosted the Emmy Awards with Colin Jost. [18] Che and Jost also appeared on the March 4, 2019, episode of WWE's Monday Night Raw , where both were announced as special correspondents for WrestleMania 35. The pair got involved in a storyline with wrestler Braun Strowman, which eventually resulted in Che and Jost becoming participants in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. [19]

Controversies

In the run-up to Super Bowl LI, Che called Boston "the most racist city" he has visited and refused to apologize. [20] Che is also known for feuding with critics and fellow comedians, including Steven Hyden and Jack Allison. [21] [22] [23]

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
2013 Chinese Puzzle Un passant
2014 Lyle Threes
2014 Top Five Paul

Television

YearSeriesRoleNotes
2012 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show HimselfEpisode: "3.5"
2013–present Saturday Night Live Himself, VariousAlso head writer
2014 The Half Hour HimselfStand-up special
2014 The Daily Show Himself9 episodes
2016Michael Che MattersHimselfStand-up special
2017 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Himself3 episodes; also head writer
2018 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host)TV special
2019 Sesame Street HimselfGuest
2019 WWE Raw HimselfSpecial guest (2 episodes) [24] [19] [25]
2019 WrestleMania 35 HimselfSpecial guest

Awards and honors

YearAwardNominated workResult
2015 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series [26] Saturday Night LiveNominated
2016 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series [27] Saturday Night LiveNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series [28] Saturday Night LiveNominated
2017 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series [29] Saturday Night LiveWon
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series [30] Saturday Night LiveNominated
2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series [31] Saturday Night LiveWon
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series [31] Saturday Night Live Weekend Update ThursdayNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series [32] Saturday Night LiveNominated
2019 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series [33] Saturday Night LiveNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series [34] Saturday Night LiveNominated
2020 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series [35] Saturday Night LiveNominated

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Media offices
Preceded by
Colin Jost and Cecily Strong
Weekend Update anchor with Colin Jost
September 27, 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Bryan Tucker, and Kent Sublette
SNL Head Writer
(with Colin Jost, Bryan Tucker, and Kent Sublette)

December 16, 2017 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent