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In 43 Years, Comic Michael Che Becomes “SNL’s” First Black Head Writer

Jamal Muhammad January 2, 2018

43 years and 18 Black comics later.

New York City, New York — On Dec. 12, the media conglomerate NBC announced one of the best news for the Black community in 2017.

Comic Michael Che was promoted on the popular late-night comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live (SNL) to a head’s writer position. According to HuffPost, Che is the first Black person to hold this position since the show’s creation 43 years ago.

Che is best known for his “Weekend Update” segment on SNL, where he and his co-host and co-head writer Colin Jost report on the top news stories in funny yet satire way.

In 2013, before joining SNL, Che was named among Rolling Stone’s 50 Funniest People, BuzzFeed’s 50 Hottest Guys In Comedy, and Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch, according to HuffPost. Also, he has experience in working on newsie set with comedic relief because the New York native was correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

SNL proceeds to have strong ratings year after year. Other than being behind last season, this year is the second most-watched season in almost decade, according to Vulture.

Another great SNL announcement in 2017 came when comic Kenan Thompson became the longest-serving cast member, according to NPR.  


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