Lorne Michaels and SNL are adding a bit more color…commentary to the upcoming 40th season of the storied sketch comedy show. Michael Che–most recently of The Daily Show–will be joining Colin Jost at the trusty Weekend Update desk this year.
Via The Wrap:
Named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,” Buzzfeed’s “50 Hottest Men in Comedy” and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” Che has been a writer on “SNL,” a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and has performed stand-up on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” His first comedy special was Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour,” which aired earlier this year.
Repertory player Cecily Strong will return as a full-time cast member. Strong is well known for her Update features and sketches, including “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party,” which Rolling Stone hailed as an “instant classic.” The recurring character of a ditz
Che thanked Jon Stewart and the rest of The Daily Show crew for the huge stepping stone they placed in his career following the announcement.
The first episode of SNL40 airs on September 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt and Ariana Grande as the musical guest.