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. Che replaced Cecily Strong on Weekend Update. Che is also the first African-American co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update.
Che was born in Manhattan, the son of Rose and Nathaniel Campbell, and was named after Che Guevara by his father, a history buff. He is the youngest of seven children, and was raised in NY's Lower East Side, graduating 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 which he was reporting his remote segment (with each change in location accompanied by a background change via the green screen), in order to find a place where a black man would not be harassed by police officers, ultimately going into outer space. The segment is 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.
In 2014, Che appeared in the movie Top Five, appearing as one of Chris Rock's character's friends.