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Michael Che Discusses His Favorite 'SNL' Sketches He's Written

Standup Michael Che started writing for Saturday Night Live last year, and The Huffington Post has an interview with him in which he discusses how his favorite sketches he's written came to be, including his first sketch, in which Zach Galifianakis played a bigot in an M&M suit trying to apologize to his co-workers at the M&M store.

What to Look Forward to in 'SNL' Season 39

Season 39 of SNL kicks off this Saturday night with Tina Fey, Arcade Fire, and a mouthful of new names for Don Pardo to read off in the opening credits. After several seasons of little turnover, the cast is experiencing a major upheaval, with six — six! — new cast members to replace the departed Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen. This is the largest staff hire in 18 years, tying the 1995-1996 season's addition of Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri, and Nancy Walls. After the show's dismal 1994-1995 season, which saw near cancellation and the firing/resignation of 12 cast members, those six were [...]

Michael Che Is Writing for the Last Three Episodes of 'SNL' This Season

SNL has been bringing in a lot of exciting comedians, like Kevin McDonald and Chelsea Peretti, to guest write for the show this season, and Splitsider has learned that stand-up Michael Che, who guest wrote two episodes last month, will be returning to write the final three shows of the season, which will be airing in May. Che previously guest wrote on the Kevin Hart and Justin Timberlake episodes and scripted the "She's Got a Dick" romantic comedy sketch from the Timberlake episode. The fact that they're bringing him back for three more episodes makes it seem like SNL's producers are interested in hiring him full-time [...]

You Had To Be There #99: Michael Che

This week, Sara and Nikki conduct a no-nonsense all-business intro before announcing their pick for the YHTBT-designed listener-proposed website to be created on Squarespace: an entire site exclusively devoted to Talking Pee. The ladies welcome rising comic Michael Che (Best Week Ever, Letterman, soon SNL) to discuss the art of calling out an audience’s oversensitivity regarding such topics as race or bulldogs. The trio touch upon all the complications and potential depression of watching porn and end up highlighting a host of real-world gestures, scents, and compliments that do a better job of turning them on anyway. To close, everyone Talks Pee about Tim [...]

John Oliver to Stand Up with Other Comedians for a Third Season

John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show is returning for a third season on July 20th at 11:00pm. Headliners will include Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, David O’Doherty, Michael Ian Black, Dana Gould, and Wyatt Cenac. Also appearing will be Leo Allen, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Che, Dan St. Germain, Emily Heller, Mike Lawrence, Adam Newman, Andy Zaltzman and so on and so on. OK, all of these funny people are going to be on your show, we get it! Stop bragging, John.

Michael Che Performs the First Standup Set on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'

On Friday night, comedian and SNL writer Michael Che was the very first featured standup on Late Night with Seth Meyers. In his above five-minute set, Che covers everything from paying his taxes to dog shampooing licenses, America's debt to China, book covers, camera flashes, and the Middle East's stance on bacon.

Michael Che Is Writing for 'SNL' Full-Time This Season

Fast-rising NYC standup Michael Che has joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live. Since he started doing standup in 2010, Che won New York's Funniest Stand-Up Competition, made his Letterman debut, was profiled by The New York Times, became a regular on VH1's Best Week Ever reboot, and ranked first amongst New York comedians in a survey we at Splitsider conducted with stand-up hosts and bookers earlier this year.

He was hired as a guest writer at SNL for two weeks in February and was brought back for the last three episodes of the season, and now, he's been hired onto the show's writing staff full-time for the upcoming 39th season, which starts September [...]

Michael Che Is Working on an Hour Special

Even though he's only been performing since 2010, Michael Che has quickly become one of the country's most acclaimed up-and-coming stand-ups and now, he's working on his first hour-long stand-up set. Che told W magazine about his plans for an hour special, explaining, "This has been a crazy, exciting year, and I am hoping that what comes out of it is really quality material. I am working on an hour-long performance right now, and I want it to be something really special that people will love."

In the past year alone, Che made his Letterman debut, was ranked as one of Rolling Stone's "50 Funniest People" and Time Out's "Comics [...]

Splitsider and Tumblr's Dog and Pony Show: Michael Che, Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser, Hosted by Halle Kiefer!

Big news! We're teaming up with our friends over at Tumblr to present a new monthly standup show in NYC at UCB East, and the very first one is next Tuesday at 8pm. Splitsider and Tumblr's Dog and Pony Show will be hosted by Halle Kiefer, and the first installment will feature standup by Michael Che, Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser. All for only $5, with a fun party afterwards at the bar at UCB East! What could be better on a Tuesday night? Nothing, that's what.

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'Timeout' Picked Three New York Comics to Watch

(Time out.) Time Out chose James Adomian, Kate Berlant, and Michael Che as the three comics to watch. So, if you're in New York, take a time out and watch these three comics. (Time in.)

Here Are the Comedians Getting Comedy Central 'Half-Hour' Specials in 2014

Every year, Comedy Central gives 30-minute specials to a bunch of standups as part of their series The Half-Hour, with the achievement serving as a career milestone for the comedians selected. Comedy Central gave us this exclusive look at the list of the 15 comedians chosen to do an episode of The Half-Hour's third season in 2014, with the specials set to tape at Royale in Boston from March 25th to 28th. There's no word on when the new season of The Half-Hour will air, but it will feature Chris Gethard, who's turning his public access show The Chris Gethard Show into a pilot for Comedy Central; Chelsea Lately regular Fortune Feimster, [...]

Talking to Michael Che About Touring the World and Making Standup Glamorous

There are high expectations for Michael Che. In the past year, the New York standup has worked on Best Week Ever and SNL, and been hailed as one to watch by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the bookers of New York City, and many of his fellow comics. And he's not resting anytime soon, bringing his show "Cartoon Violence" to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. Recently, over coffee at Columbus Circle in Manhattan, I got to talk to him about his rapid rise, his brief time in the world of high-end fashion, and the good advice he got from Tracy Morgan.

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Michael Che and Edi Patterson Are Guest Writing on 'SNL' the Next Two Weeks

Saturday Night Live is bringing in two guest writers for its next two episodes: Fast-rising stand-up Michael Che and The Groundlings' Edi Patterson. The two comedians have signed short deals to join the show for the March 2nd and March 9th episodes, hosted by Kevin Hart and Justin Timberlake, respectively. Michael Che only began performing stand-up in 2010, but in the past year alone, he won New York's Funniest Stand-Up Competition, made his Letterman debut, was profiled by The New York Times, became a regular on VH1's Best Week Ever, and ranked first amongst New York comedians in a survey we at Splitsider conducted with stand-up [...]

Black Ops: 'Post-Racial' Comedy in the Age of Obama

In 2010, former troupe-mates Donald Glover and DC Pierson returned from Los Angeles to perform at The Creek and The Cave, in New York City. Glover was tossed a question from an audience member: What's it like working with Chevy Chase? In response, he described how Chase had delivered a 40-minute lecture to Saturday Night Live cast member Bobby Moynihan laying out the case for why Glover has to be homosexual, which he is not. "That's the only way a guy like Chevy Chase has of processing a black guy who looks like me, talks like me, dresses like me," said Glover on stage that night. "That's how alien [...]