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SNL’s Michael Che Covers Current Events, Involves Audience In Eisenhower Auditorium Set

Saturday Night Live writer and performer Michael Che took the Eisenhower Auditorium stage Tuesday night. Che, best known for his news-based jokes on “The Weekend Update” segment of SNL, which he hosts with Colin Jost, was joined by two opening acts in DJ Cipha Sounds and Jared Freid.

Cipha Sounds is a New York-based DJ who has worked on MTV and hosted a radio show on New York’s Hot 97. He opened the show with a couple of songs and loosened the crowd up with a few jokes, even calling out several audience members.

Sounds then introduced Freid, a stand up comedian also based in New York who hosts the JTrain Podcast. Freid, a 2007 Penn State grad, last returned to campus in September to host his new Snapchat game, “How Low Will You Go,” during White Out Weekend.

Freid performed a 15-minute set, in which he shared some of his complaints regarding the daily struggles of life, such as airline travel or trying to lose weight, before Cipha Sounds returned to introduce Michael Che to the stage.

Jared Freid looks over the Eisenhower Auditorium crowd as he delivers a joke. His “Happy Valley” hat sits on the chair behind him.

Che came out to a loud applause and cheers as the crowd welcomed him to State College. The comedian performed several different routines covering a variety of current events and topics. Che touched on mental health, drinking at after-hour bars, and the country’s current political climate before calling the other two comics back on stage to get the audience involved in the last few minutes of the show.

The trio invited three students up to the stage to give them a bit of relationship advice. This was fittingly the final section of the show, and it was entertaining for those in attendance to see their peers try to handle themselves alongside three comedians.

Che has been a co-anchor on SNL’s “Weekend Update” since 2014, and clearly used the same witty and ironic style of comedy on Tuesday night. The New York native had an entertaining back and forth with the crowd throughout the performance.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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