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New York Standup Michael Che’s Tastes Run Raw

10 COMICS TO WATCH: 'SNL' Writer Hones 'Cartoon Violence' Show in Edinburgh

A Manhattan native with an unhurried, laid-back delivery, Michael Che has quickly become one of the busiest figures on his hometown’s comedy circuit, known to cram in several shows a night when he isn’t writing sketches for “Saturday Night Live” or sampling his wares on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.”

But rather than rushing to parlay his growing buzz into a cross-media presence, Che is actually taking things rather slow. In August, he’ll be performing every day at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, developing his first hourlong act, “Cartoon Violence.”

“By the end of August, it should be finished, or at least as close to finished as I want it,” says Che, who has only been doing standup for three years. “Comedy is like steak — you want to serve it when it’s still a little raw.”

Offstage, Che attracted attention last fall with “The Realest Candidate,” a web series in which he purported to be a Mitt Romney operative and recorded a hysterical rap video touting the overlaps between Romney’s economic platforms and materialist hip-hop obsessions. (In a similar vein, he brags of buying tickets to a Kanye West concert, where “I get to pay a lot of money to have Kanye tell me how irresponsibly he’s going to spend my money.”)

While TV and film offers intrigue Che, refining his standup remains top priority. “Everything is exciting to me right now,” he says. “It’s like I’m at a buffet. I just got here, everything looks great, but I only have this one little plate.”

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