SATURDAY Night Live’s own Michael Che has been practicing stand up comedy since his mid-20s.
Che, 37, has been a regular on-air cast member on SNL since 2014.
What is Michael Che’s net worth?
The comedian has reportedly amassed a $4million net worth, Celebrity Net Worth reports.
According to the outlet, Che’s SNL salary is $15,000 per episode which works out to around $315,000 per season.
Che has won Writers Guild of America Awards for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series for SNL in 2017 and 2018, and has been nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards.
The 37-year-old is best known for his role on SNL as the co-anchor of the Weekend Update, alongside co-host Colin Jost.
When did Che first start doing stand-up comedy?
As a teenager, Che had no motivation to become a comedian, instead he was into sports and art.
He ended up selling his hand-printed t-shirts on the streets of SoHo.
It wasn’t until his mid-20s when Che started going to open-mic comedy shows, not to participate but just to observe.
He joined the audience every day for weeks before plucking up the courage to have a go himself.
“I was like: I might not be as good as the good ones but I could be as bad as the bad ones, and they’re not afraid to be bad, so why am I?,” Che said in an interview with The Guardian.
“So I tried it, and I immediately left the stage and went to another one because I wanted to try it again and again.
“It was like Candy Crush – I couldn’t stop if I wanted to.”
He spent the next four years racking up gigs, often multiple times a night.
“The more you’re on stage the more comfortable you are, the more you’re free to take chances.”
In 2012, Che appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and a year later Variety called Che one of “10 Comics to Watch”.
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How many siblings does Che have?
Che is the youngest of seven children of Rose and Nathaniel Campbell.
The comedian said his family is “amused” by his fame but doesn’t profess to understand it.
“If my mom saw me hosting the Emmys, or she saw me in a McDonald’s commercial, she wouldn’t know which one is better. She’s just happy that I’ve got a job and I’m not sleeping on a bench,” Che said.