I think we were all extremely upset by the news that Cecily Strong is being replaced on SNL’s Weekend Update. I love Cecily. You love Cecily. We all love Cecily. She’s the best. But even Cecily herself told us not to be upset by the news. She alludes to the fact that she’ll get to play characters on Weekend Update again, and you know what? She’s kind of right. I’ve missed The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party, big time.
And in Cecily’s spirit, there are other bright sides to look upon with this news. Namely, Michael Che. There’s no denying he’s one of the funniest guys around, and with his work on The Daily Show he’s proved that not only is he hilarious, but he’s perfectly suited to a joke news anchor man. Don’t believe me? Well then take a look at these five clips:
Michael Che came out of the gate in July and, in his own words, “Edward R. Murdered it” with his hilariously straight-faced take on the crisis in Syria. Needed to work on those puns a bit, though.
On the 2nd Amendment
Michael Che and Jordan Kleper got together to offer some tips on exercising your 2nd Amendment rights. Che’s advice is especially timely and important.
On Brand-Name Politics
Che also got the chance to do some field reporting for The Daily Show and nailed it right off the bat. “You wouldn’t care what Phil Hitler’s name was?”
On Immigrant Children
His second field piece was even better, tackling the rhetoric surrounding the undocumented immigration of children from South America. Talking to crazy people is an important part of being a Daily Show correspondent, and in this case he finds one of the craziest of the crazies and makes the most of it.
On Finding a Safe Place to Live While Black
Michael Che’s best bit, on Ferguson and the problem of living as a black person in a country where police regularly shoot and kill unarmed black men. It’s an absurd segment, hilarious and biting, and if it’s any sign of the sort of humour we’ll get from Che on Weekend Update, I think we’ll all be satisfied.
Corey Atad is a staff writer for Pajiba. He lives in Toronto.