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Michael Che started doing stand-up comedy in back in 2009. He would regularly work several sets per night. Che's big break came in 2012 when he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.
He is a winner of New York's Funniest Stand-Up Competition.
A real native New Yorker, Che was born in Manhattan, 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 and graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
In 2013, Variety called Che one of "10Comics 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.