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Seth Meyers
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Meyers at the Time 100 Gala, May 4, 2010.
Birth nameSeth Adam Meyers
Born(1973-12-28) December 28, 1973 (age 40)


Evanston, Illinois, United States
MediumTelevision, film
NationalityAmerican
Years active2001–present
GenresSatire/political satire/news satire, improvisational comedy, sketch comedy
Subject(s)American politics, American culture, current events, pop culture, mass media/news media
InfluencesMonty Python, Steve Martin, Dennis Miller
SpouseAlexi Ashe (m. 2013)
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live


Late Night with Seth Meyers


The Awesomes
Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, producer, television host and comedian. He is a former head writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live and hosted its news parody segment Weekend Update. Meyers currently hosts the talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers, which premiered on Monday February 24, 2014, on NBC.

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      Early life

      Meyers was born in Evanston, Illinois, and was raised in Bedford, New Hampshire. His mother, Hilary Claire (née Olson), is a middle school French teacher, and his father, Laurence Meyers, Jr., works in finance. His younger brother is actor Josh Meyers. His paternal grandfather was Jewish; Seth has performed at several Jewish Community Centers, although he does not consider himself Jewish. His other ancestry is Czech-Austrian (from his paternal grandmother), Swedish, English, and German. Meyers graduated from Manchester High School West. He then attended and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, where he became a member of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta.

      Career

      Before SNL, Meyers got his improv comedy start as a member of the Northwestern University improv sketch group Mee-Ow. He continued his career at ImprovOlympic with the group Preponderate as well as overseas as a cast member of Boom Chicago, an English language improv troupe based in Amsterdam, where his brother was also a cast member.

      Meyers appeared with Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem in the 2008 3D film Journey to the Center of the Earth. He also makes a cameo in the 2008 film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist as a drunk man who mistakes the main character's Yugo for a taxi. He starred in the 2004 comedy See This Movie with John Cho. In July 2008, Meyers directed the web series The Line on Crackle. Meyers has hosted the Webby Awards twice, in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Meyers hosted the Microsoft Company Meeting at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA. Meyers hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN. In April 2011, Seth Meyers was the keynote speaker at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. During his introductory remarks, he made a joke about Osama bin Laden's actions while in hiding; namely, that Bin Laden was hosting his own afternoon television show on CSPAN. Meyers was unaware that US intelligence had, in the meantime, found bin Laden and an attack by U.S. Navy Seals had been planned for the next day.

      Saturday Night Live

      Meyers joined the SNL cast in 2001. In 2005, he was promoted to writing supervisor,[citation needed] and in January 2006 he became co-head writer, sharing the role with Tina Fey and Andrew Steele. In 2004, he auditioned to co-anchor "Weekend Update" with Fey, but lost out to Amy Poehler. With Fey's departure, Meyers became head writer for the 2006–2007 season and also took on the role of Weekend Update co-anchor with Amy Poehler. After the departure of Poehler, Meyers anchored solo between 2008 and 2013. In the 2013-2014 season, Cecily Strong joined Meyers as co-anchor. In fall 2009, Meyers co-anchored two episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday with Poehler.

      During the 2008 United States presidential election, while appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, former SNL cast member Tina Fey credited Meyers with writing the sketches involving Fey's impression of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

      On SNL, Meyers has impersonated such figures as John Kerry, Michael Caine, Anderson Cooper, Carrot Top, Prince Charles, Ryan Seacrest, Sean Penn, Stone Phillips, Tobey Maguire, Peyton Manning, Ben Curtis (also known as the Dell Dude), Ty Pennington, Bill Cowher, Brian Williams, Nicollette Sheridan, Wade Robson, Donald Trump, Jr., Tom Cruise, and Kevin Federline. His recurring characters include Zach Ricky, host of the kids' hidden camera show "Pranksters"; Nerod, the receptionist in the recurring sketch "Appalachian Emergency Room"; David Zinger, a scientist who often insults his fellow workers; DJ Johnathan Feinstein, the DJ on the webcam show "Jarett's Room"; Dan Needler, half of a married couple "that should be divorced," (opposite Amy Poehler); William Fitzpatrick, from the Irish talk show "Top o' the Morning," and Boston Powers (one of the comedians in the "Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy" series). In the season 29 episode hosted by Lindsay Lohan, he did an impression of Ron Weasley in a parody of Harry Potter.

      Meyers supported and picketed during the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike. When interviewed, he said, "We all know how lucky we are to have the jobs we have. We're not asking for much. You have to change the rules because people are watching TV in a different way." Even so, he mentioned in interviews that he regretted missing much of the presidential election primary season.

      On February 1, 2014, Meyers performed in his final episode of SNL. He was joined at the Weekend Update desk by Strong, Poehler, Bill Hader in character as Stefon, Andy Samberg, and Fred Armisen as Governor David Paterson.

      Late Night

      On May 12, 2013, NBC announced that Meyers would be the new host of Late Night in 2014 succeeding Jimmy Fallon, as Fallon took over as host of The Tonight Show. Meyers took over Late Night on February 24, 2014. Meyers' first guest on Late Night was fellow SNL alumnus and Weekend Update anchor Amy Poehler. On February 10, 2014, Meyers announced that the bandleader for his house band "The 8G Band" would be Meyers' former SNL colleague Fred Armisen.

      Other pursuits

      Meyers won the third season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown and donated the $100,000 prize to the Boston-based Jimmy Fund. In 2008, Meyers donated over $4,000 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Meyers and SNL castmate Bill Hader penned a Spider-Man one-off entitled The Short Halloween. It was illustrated by Kevin Maguire and came out May 29, 2009. It was given three and a half out of five stars by Benjamin Birdie of Comic Book Resources. Meyers, along with Mike Shoemaker of SNL, created an animated half-hour series The Awesomes that was picked up by Hulu.com and is produced by Lorne Michaels' production company, Broadway Video.

      It was announced on April 25, 2014, that Meyers will host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards which will take place on August 25, 2014.

      Personal life

      Meyers became engaged to his girlfriend of five years, human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe, in July 2013. The two married on September 1, 2013, on Martha's Vineyard.

      Meyers is a fan of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, the Pittsburgh Steelers (his father being a Pittsburgh native), the Northwestern Wildcats (his alma mater), and soccer club West Ham United in the Premier League. He is also a fan of Joe Hill's supernatural comic book series, Locke & Key. IDW Publishing gave him some of the replica keys they had licensed.

      Filmography

      Film



      Film
      YearTitleRoleOther Notes
      2004See This MovieJake Barrymore
      MaestroTim HealyShort film
      Thunder RoadVoice OverShort film
      2005PerceptionSteven
      The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and his Little FriendDisgruntled DorkShort film
      2006American DreamzChet Krogl
      2008Journey to the Center of the EarthProfessor Alan Kitzens
      Nick and Norah's Infinite PlaylistDrunk Guy in Yugo
      2009Spring BreakdownWilliam Rushfield
      2011I Don't Know How She Does ItChris Bunce
      New Year's EveGriffin

      Television



      Television
      YearTitleRoleOther Notes
      2001Spin CityDougEpisode "Rain on My Charades"
      2001–2014Saturday Night LiveHimself, Various253 episodes; Also Head Writer
      2008–2012Saturday Night Live Weekend Update ThursdayHimself8 episodes; Also Head Writer
      20102010 ESPY AwardsHimself (host)TV Special
      2011White House Correspondents DinnerHimselfTV Special
      2011 ESPY AwardsHimself (host)TV Special
      2012The Mindy ProjectMattEpisode "Hiring and Firing"
      2013The OfficeHimselfEpisode: "Finale"
      The AwesomesProck (voice)Also Creator, Writer, Executive Producer, Voice Artist
      2014–presentLate Night with Seth MeyersHimself (host)Also Writer & Executive Producer
      201466th Primetime Emmy AwardsHimself (host)TV Special

      Awards and nominations

      YearAwardNominated workResult
      2008Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) seriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      2009Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) seriesSaturday Night LiveWon
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      2010Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) seriesSaturday Night LiveWon
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      2011Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) seriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and LyricsSaturday Night LiveWon
      2012Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) seriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen EnsembleNew Year's EveNominated
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and LyricsSaturday Night LiveNominated
      2013Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) seriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety SpecialSaturday Night Live Weekend Update ThursdayNominated
      Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special70th Golden Globe AwardsNominated
      2014Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) seriesSaturday Night LiveNominated

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