Comedian, Michael Che, a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show will be joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in the upcoming season and will co-star on its most prominent segment, Weekend Update.
Che will be the first black co-anchor in the history of Weekend Update and a great addition to the team. He will be replacing Cecily Strong, who will remain on S.N.L. as a regular cast member.
According to the New York Times, “Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator and executive producer, said he had selected Mr. Che, 31, who worked on the show last season as a writer, to be the partner of Colin Jost, who began co-anchoring Weekend Update in the middle of last season.” The two had formed a relationship in the past through stand up comedy in New York and have worked together, along with Jost, formulating scripts during writing sessions for the show. Michaels said:
According to Michaels, there was no doubt about Che being a great addition to the show although he feels “that he would probably be making one or two more additions to the cast this season but that he had not yet reached a decision.”
According to the Huffington Post, “several new writers have been announced, including Natasha Rothwell (who was one of 11 women who auditioned last season for the featured player spot that ultimately went to Sasheer Zamata), Streeter Seidell from College Humor, Nick Rutherford (the only member of sketch group Good Neighbor not hired by SNL last year), UCB LA’s Alison Rich and The PIT’s Jeremy Beiler.” There are many big changes for NBC, but Che will be the only new on-screen addition to the network and there are many fans and friends who are excited for him to be featured on live television.
In February, NBC will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live and Michaels is working on a three-hour special to honor the shows terrific performance. A big celebration is key to getting the new members excited about being on board.
Che’s amazing performance on The Daily Show gets me enthusiastic for Che’s debut September 27th, during the shows premiere.
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