Michael Che - Making Important Stories Funny in "Michael Che Matters"

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Michael Che explains why he filmed his stand-up special "Michael Che Matters" in New York City and weighs in on what it's like to skewer Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live." (4:49)

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Please welcome Michael Che!

-♪ -(cheering, applause)


Welcome to the show, Michael.

-It's cool as hell, man.Thank you. -This is so cool.

Congratulations on the special.First thing we see in that clip

is, uh, quite a controversialjoke that you're making there,

-Michael Che.-That's true.

Do you feel that,as a comedian, it is your job

to, uh, point out these thingsin society?

Yeah, uh, I don't thinkit's my job,

but I've just taken itupon myself to do my job wrong.

No, but... no,but for real, though,

-as a comedian, like...-No, yeah, I think it's...

I think it's fun.

That's the one thingwe can do as comedians,

is we can...we can talk about things frankly

and in a fun wayand make people laugh.

I mean, if you got to hearthis important stuff,

why not make it funny?

It's always hard for comediansto watch specials,

'cause we... it's almost likewe're behind the scenes

-of everything.-That's true.

-But this is your first special.-Yes.

Which seems strange,'cause you've been doing comedy

-for a while now in New York.-Yeah, a little while.

You know, you-you blow...you blew up real quick.

And, like,was it special for you

doing it in New Yorkas a New Yorker?

Yes, it was. I mean, to me,

it's like, with a sp...you know, with a special,

you want it to be a home run,so...

And I'm from New York,and-and I know this city.

And you want it to,you know...

you want everything to be set up

-for a good... a good audience.-Yeah.

And there was a lot of peoplethere that, you know,

owed me money.


You know that, you know that.

I don't get how that changesyour performance on a show.

Well, you geta different confidence

when some people in the audienceowe you money.

You're like, "Yeah, all right.Y'all better laugh, or...

or you're gonna geta phone call."

Like, "Aw, man, you funny.I knew you wasn't gonna need

this money back, man.You're gonna be all right."


That's how it works out.But what about you?

How do you feel... I mean,this is a big stage, man.

Like, what does...what does it feel like for you,

coming out here every day

and-and making fun of thepresident of the United States?

I'm not making funof the president.

-I'm making fun of Donald Trump.Um... -Oh...

-AUDIENCE: Ooh! (applause)-Oh, no, but that's true.

That's true. That's true.

But he will... but he will soonbe the president.

You have a similar job:you wear a suit and tie,

-you make jokes...-But I still wear jeans.

You wear... Wait, you wear jeansunder the desk?

I wear jeans under the deskand Jordans.

I feel like the illusion...Like, I was...

I pictured youin a full head-to-toe suit

with, like,pointy leather shoes.

How long you known me?

I've known you a while.

When you ever seen mein pointy shoes?

But that's the image I had.It made it funnier for me.

I was like... I was like, "Underthat desk, he got pointy shoes."

-No, man, they're...-Aren't you... are you...

are you a little bit afraid?Like, people ask me

that question. Butyou're a comedian, you're on...

-And here's my thing.Here's what... -I'm not afraid.

No, no, no, but here's my thing.Here's my thing. Listen though,

like, Donald Trump--

he has beef with SNL.

-Yeah. -You are on...Like, he watches your show.

-True. -I can safely saythat Trump avoids this show.

-That's true. -Like,he basically goes, like, "No."

-Like, he see... "No. No."-Yeah.

And he goes to some...But he watches SNL.

-Yeah, that's true.-And you-you... You're gonna

say some things about himwhen he's president.

-That's true. -You're not evena little bit afraid?

I-I like Donald Trump.

I think he's a hilarious dude.

He doesn't want to be president.

He wanted to win.

He ran that campaign like,

"I'm not gonna let this nerdbeat me."

He just... He didn't wantto lose to Nerd Lady.

-That's it. That's it.-(applause)

He doesn't want to be president.

You think he really wants to bepresident?

You think he wants to havedinner with Mitt Romney?


Think he wants to sit acrossfrom people

that he doesn't even know how topronounce their country or name?

He doesn't want to do that.That's why he's on tour.

He goes on tour immediately.

As soon as he won, he's like,"Eh, let's go back

on the campaign trail."

That stuff was fun.I liked that.

You know, what's funny isthat-that was, like,

where I was like,"This guy's a stand-up."

Yeah. He...The crowd is addictive.

-He was, like... Yeah.-He's loyal to the crowd.

When he goes into Washingtonand he goes in the White House,

he's the dumbest guyin the room.

When he goes to Bathwater,Pennsylvania,

he's a genius.

They love him.

-I, uh...-(cheering and applause)

I'm just gonna say,for the record,

I know nothing about Bathwater,Pennsylvania,

and so the views of Michael Chedo not reflect my views.

If you are in Bathwater,Michael Che said that,

and he probably saidsome crazier stuff

in his new special, Michael Che Matters,

which is currently streamingon Netflix.

Michael Che, everybody.

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