On Saturday night, comedian Michael Che took his place in television history as the newest anchorman on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. Che and Colin Jost are SNL’s latest anchor team.
Che used his brief “Daily Show” correspondent experience to comment on politics and other news from the week. He and Jost also shared a touching segment where they offered words of encouragement for President Obama while being serenaded by Kenan Thompson, letting the Prez know, “Ooooh Obama, things are gonna get somewhat easier.”
Che also had a conversation with Cecily Strong’s character, “the girl you never want to get into a conversation with at a party” about Ebola– sort of– and showed up in a sketch featuring NFL players introducing themselves and the crimes they’ve been arrested for.
Executive producer Lorne Michaels announced that Che would be replacing cast member Cecily Strong at the Weekend Update anchor desk on September 11th. Che had previously joined Saturday Night Live in 2013 as a writer before heading over to The Daily Show as a correspondent this summer. Last night marked Weekend Update history as Che became the first African American to co-anchor the weekly news segment. Many past Weekend Update anchors like Chevy Chase, Jane Curtain, Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon, Norm Macdonald, Colin Quinn, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Seth Meyers, have gone on to have strong post-SNL careers.