'The Daily Show' Hires 'SNL' Writer Michael Che & It's a Rare Victory for Diversity in Hollywood
Now that John Oliver has left The Daily Show to host his own talk show on HBO, there's an empty spot in Jon Stewart's correspondent line-up. When Jordan Klepper joined The Daily Show correspondent, we all assumed that was it. One for one, right? Show's over. Moving on. As it turns out, John Oliver left a void that can't be filled by only one person. The Daily Show has hired Saturday Night Live writer Michael Che as their newest correspondent and, to be honest, that's kind of a relief.
Let's be real. There are very few popular shows that aren't suffering from a distinct lack of diversity. The unbelievably fabulous Jessica Williams has been carrying The Daily Show 's African-American section very well, but there's always room for a broader range of viewpoints when it comes to covering or parodying the news. Che is coming from being a staff writer on SNL, a show with a notorious diversity problem, and he's got onscreen comedy credits up his sleeve as well. He's performed as a stand-up comedian on NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers, Comedy Central's @midnight, and CBS' Late Show With David Letterman. Che has contributed to such SNL sketches as "12 Years Not a Slave" and "M&M Store" and he's genuinely hilarious.
In his appearance on Letterman alone, he covers everything from gentrification to liberal and conservative politics, because his sense of humor has apparently always been right up The Daily Show's alley. His observations are funny, on point, and perfectly communicate the unique voice that he's going to be bringing to his new gig as a correspondent. The real question is why they took so long to hire him.
His hiring alone opens us up to a world in which he and Jessica Williams can team up to cover all of the race-related news stories with all the sarcasm and general hilarity that we've come to expect from our Daily Show parodies. The fact that The Daily Show is giving another comedian of color a leg up in Hollywood is one of the many, many reasons it remains one of the best shows on television. We'll always miss John Oliver of course, but, as the ongoing issue of diversity in Hollywood rages on, this is a definite step in the right direction.