Fast Rising Comic Michael Che Joins ‘The Daily Show’ 

Published 12 months ago by , Updated April 29th, 2014 at 5:26 am,

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For more than a decade, The Daily Show has challenged Saturday Night Live‘s longstanding position as the most impressive comedy talent pipeline on television, graduating Ed Helms, Steve Carell, Rob Riggle, Rob Corddry, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver, but now the late night series has gone a step further, poaching a member of Saturday Night Live‘s writing staff to their lineup.

That writer is Michael Che, an up and coming stand-up comedian who recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to deliver the show’s first late night performance. Che will begin work as a correspondent on The Daily Show in early June, right around the same time that his new half-hour comedy special airs on Comedy Central.

A relative newcomer who made his stand-up debut at an open mic night in 2010, things have been seemingly on the fast track for Che since the fall of 2012 when he made stand-up appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Special and signed up with Lorne Michaels’ Above Average YouTube channel – a development that surely helped get Che into Saturday Night Live as a guest writer before coming on full-time this season.

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It’s mildly surprising that Che would leave Saturday Night Live after a solid season (Che wrote or co-wrote “M&M Store” and “12 Days Not a Slave”), but it’s entirely possible that he simply took a look at his options and determined that legitimate time in-front of the camera seemed like a safer bet with The Daily Show.

After all, even if he had been elevated to an onscreen role as a featured player with Saturday Night Live next season, he still wouldn’t be guaranteed the same platform as he’ll likely have with The Daily Show. And if Che does transition into the next big star to come through The Daily Show, any slowness in recognizing Che’s potential as an onscreen force will surely haunt the Saturday Night Live powers that be.

As for the thought process behind this move for The Daily Show and Comedy Central, it seems like a no-brainer. With Oliver out the door and Colbert on the way, Comedy Central needs to add to their bench.

Adding a writer and performer of Che’s caliber to a list of new hires (Daily Show rookie correspondent Jordan Klepper) and possible hires (both underground comic star Chris Gethard and Hannibal Buress have pilots in consideration with the network) seem like steps toward insuring that the network keeps its footing in the future. Now all they have to do is find someone to take over for Colbert, no big deal.


The Daily Show airs on Comedy Central Monday through Thursday @11pm.

Source: Variety, NYT

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  1. Other than Jon Stewart, I don’t find any of those “correspondents” funny at all.

  2. I didn’t know Michael Che was writing for SNL. This guy is funny. Watch him on IFC’s Bunk (available on Netflix) or just search for his standup. I’m looking forward to seeing him on the Daily Show this summer…my only issue is that I don’t watch every episode of the Daily Show, so someone needs to develop an app (call it Che and use the Che Guevara pic with Michael Che’s face) that let’s users know when he is on the air.

  3. I guess that’s the problem SNL have had from what I’ve read. The last few decades have kept most of the talented comedians to script only roles and frustrated them while the standouts they had in front of the camera disappeared into other shows and films and left a wide hole that was filled by second rate “comedians” that either sink without trace or become popular due to nobody better than them on the show and then disappear when they wander away from the SNL safety net.

    Seems like SNL is the big name brand that gets by on name recognition only while TDS can give equal billing to various names without having that pressure to be consistently funny.

    I guess I could compare it to Saturday morning children’s shows where the two main channels competed for the 6-9:25am slot every Saturday and while the BBC’s show seemed to try way too hard to be funny, the ITV show pulled in all the viewers because it was genuinely great to watch and they didn’t care how ridiculous or silly things got.