*Michael Che will make history this season on “Saturday Night Live” this season as the first African American anchor of the show’s news segment “Weekend Update.”
Che replaces Cecily Strong, who had the chair for just two seasons. According to The New York Times, Strong wants to devote herself full time to sketches.
Che, 31, is a native New Yorker who was hired as a guest writer for “SNL” in spring 2013, for only five episodes, then last September, brought back as regular writer. He was only recently hired as a correspondent on “The Daily Show.”
He has writing credits on two dozen “SNL” episodes going back over the last two years, writing for editions hosted by Lena Dunham, Lady Gaga, Paul Rudd and Kerry Washington.
He’ll share the “Update” desk this season with current co-anchor Colin Jost.
Last season, the show addressed an uproar over the lack of black cast members by holding an all-black female casting call and hiring one: Sasheer Zamata.
Watch Che’s work below: