This intriguing show is less laugh-out-loud comedy, more laugh-through-tears satire, and it can be an uneven ride. With caustic humor and an intelligent eye, That Damn Michael Che explores modern American issues through Che's particular Black, male, straight American perspective. The six episodes borrow structure from Che's day job, Saturday Night Live (sketches, faux commercials), but his sharing personal reflections and stories give the show a surprising and welcome intimacy. Some of the not-to-be-missed sketches include the parody commercial for the "Protest" FitBit, with an "ally alert" that reminds White people to apologize to a person of color, and the "Quick and Easy Things You Can Do to Not Get Shot by Police" PSA.
Sadly, some sketches fall flat, as in the one about a guy who masturbates after his pretty nurse leaves the exam room. Later, she shows friends a picture she'd snapped during the exam, of him, fully nude, and they laugh about his "shrimp dick." "Men can be sexist jerks, but women aren't much better" is not profound social commentary. This and other "yes, but" scenarios don't inspire viewers to critically examine the issue at hand. While the show can be inconsistent, there's certainly enough good stuff here to keep viewers thinking and entertained.