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Michael Che (multiple showtimes, through Feb. 10)


  • Comedy Club on State 202 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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In our exhaustively opinionated world, one of the laziest things to do is sneer about the decline of Saturday Night Live. To dismiss the show these days, though, is to overlook the reinvention of "Weekend Update," has the distinction of being the show's longest-running recurring sketch—there from the very beginning in 1975. Michael Che inherited the segment in a post-Jon Stewart Daily Show "Weekend Update," a once unenviable position that Che and co-host Colin Jost have remarkably inverted since 2014. For the last few years, the two comedians have reliably made the segment the most cutting and vital part of SNL. (It's no wonder he and Jost were recently promoted to be co-head writers for the entire show.) Long-time fans of Che's, likely, were not surprised. In the last decade, even before SNL, he's become a known quantity capable of cutting, fearless, and painfully true—and most importantly, funny—insights into touchy subjects. A memorable example of this, from his 2016 Netflix special, Michael Che Matters, touches on the low bar of accepting the premise of Black Lives Matter: "We ask for the lowest rights. Gays were fighting for equal rights. Can you believe that's an actual stance you can have?... What the fuck is less than matters? Black lives exist? Can we say that? Is that controversial?" This event has multiple showtimes; see them all here—David Wolinsky

Earlier Event: February 9
Laurie Anderson
Later Event: February 9
10 Cloverfield Lane (free)