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Seth Meyers
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Birth nameSeth Adam Meyers
Born (1973-12-28) December 28, 1973 (age 44)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
Education Manchester High School West
Alma mater Northwestern University
Years active2001–present
Genres Political/ news satire, improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy, surreal humor
Subject(s) Mass media/ news media/ media criticism, American politics, American culture, current events, pop culture
Spouse
Alexi Ashe ( m. 2013)
Children2
Relative(s) Josh Meyers (brother)

Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) [1] is an American comedian, writer, actor, and television host. He hosts Late Night with Seth Meyers, a late-night talk show that airs on NBC. Prior to that, he was a head writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live (2001–2014) and hosted the show's news parody segment, Weekend Update.

Meyers appeared in the film Journey to the Center of the Earth in 2008, hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2014 and voiced the character Jeremy "Prock" Awesome in The Awesomes (2013–2015). In 2018, Meyers hosted the 75th Golden Globe Awards.

Early life and education

Meyers was born in Evanston, Illinois, [2] and was raised in Okemos, Michigan, from four to ten years of age, and Bedford, New Hampshire, after that. Meyers's mother, Hilary Claire (née Olson), was a French teacher, and his father, Laurence Meyers Jr., worked in finance. [3] [4] His younger brother is actor Josh Meyers.

His paternal grandfather was Jewish. [5] [6] Although Meyers has performed at several Jewish Community Centers, he does not consider himself Jewish. [7] Meyers' other ancestry is Czech–Austrian and Croatian (from his paternal grandmother), Swedish, English, and German. [8]

Meyers attended Edgewood Elementary in Okemos. [9] He graduated from Manchester High School West in New Hampshire. He graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston (the town of his birth), where he became a member of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta.

Meyers's mother Hilary is from Marblehead, Massachusetts, as is Carolyn Stanton — the maternal grandmother of comedian John Mulaney, Meyers' future Saturday Night Live coworker. The women once performed together in a hospital benefit show called Pills A Poppin' directed by future Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune, then 19. [10] [11] [12]

Career

While attending college at Northwestern University, Meyers ran a hot dog stand. During that time, he began performing improv comedy as a member of the Northwestern University improv sketch group Mee-Ow Show. 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, [13] where his brother was also a cast member. [14]

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. [15] Meyers has hosted the Webby Awards twice, in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Meyers hosted the Microsoft Company Meeting at Safeco Field in Seattle. [16] Meyers hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN. [17] 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. [18] Meyers was unaware that US intelligence had located bin Laden and the Navy SEALs planned an attack the next day.

Saturday Night Live

Meyers joined the Saturday Night Live cast in 2001. [14] In 2005, he was promoted to writing supervisor, and in January 2006 he became co-head writer, sharing the role with Tina Fey and Andrew Steele. [19] In 2004, he auditioned to co-anchor Weekend Update with Fey, but lost to Amy Poehler. [20] With Fey's departure, Meyers became head writer for the 2006–2007 season and also assumed the role of Weekend Update co-anchor with Amy Poehler. [21] [22] After Poehler's departure, 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. [23]

On SNL, Meyers 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. [14] His recurring characters included 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 portrayed Ron Weasley in a parody of Harry Potter.

Meyers received critical praise for his part in several iconic SNL sketches during his tenure. During the 2008 United States presidential election, Meyers wrote the sketches for former SNL cast member Tina Fey, who returned as a guest star to impersonate Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Meyers created the famed phrase uttered by Fey's Palin, "I can see Russia from my house." [24] [25] [26]

During their time as hosts on Weekend Update, Meyers and Poehler had a popular recurring bit, "Really!?! with Seth and Amy." Both hosts would take turns mocking people in the news, ending each point with a heavily sarcastic "Really!?!", which Rolling Stone writer Jon Blistein characterized as a "torrent of exasperation and bewilderment." Following Poehler's departure from the show in 2008, they revived the "Really!?!" segment several times when she returned as a guest. [27] [28] After Meyers left the show for his own talk show, Poehler made a surprise appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers in June 2015 to join Meyers in mocking Sports Illustrated sportswriter Andy Benoit after he disparaged women's sports as "not worth watching." [25] [29] [30]

Additionally, the " Abe Lincoln" sketch Meyers wrote for Louis C.K., done in the style of his sitcom, Louie, and the Girls parody starring Tina Fey as the new Albanian "girl" were praised by critics as among the best sketches Meyers contributed to SNL. [25] [26]

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." [31] Even so, he mentioned in interviews that he regretted missing much of the presidential election primary season. [32] [33]

Meyers performed in his final episode of SNL February 1, 2014. [34] Strong, Poehler, Bill Hader in character as Stefon, Andy Samberg, and Fred Armisen as former New York state governor David Paterson joined him at the Weekend Update desk.

Late Night

NBC announced May 12, 2013, that Meyers would be the new host of Late Night in 2014 succeeding Jimmy Fallon, as Fallon became host of The Tonight Show. Meyers assumed his role on Late Night February 24, 2014, and his first guest was fellow SNL alumnus and Weekend Update anchor Amy Poehler. [35] Meyers announced February 10, 2014, that the bandleader for his house band " The 8G Band" would be Meyers' former SNL colleague Fred Armisen. [36]

Other pursuits

Meyers won the third season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2009, and donated the $100,000 prize to the Boston-based Jimmy Fund. [37] [38] Meyers and SNL castmate Bill Hader penned a Spider-Man one-off entitled The Short Halloween. It was illustrated by Kevin Maguire and was published May 29, 2009. Benjamin Birdie of Comic Book Resources gave the work three and a half stars on a scale of five. [39] Meyers, along with Mike Shoemaker of SNL, created an animated half-hour series entitled The Awesomes, produced by Lorne Michaels' company, Broadway Video, that aired on Hulu.com beginning August 2013. [40]

In 2014 Meyers hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. [41] [41] In 2018, Meyers hosted the 75th Golden Globe Awards. [42] [43]

Influences

Meyers has said that his comedy influences are David Letterman, [44] Monty Python, [45] Steve Martin, [46] Dennis Miller, [47] Mel Brooks, [48] Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, P. G. Wodehouse, Conan O'Brien, [49] and Jon Stewart. [50]

Personal life

Meyers became engaged to his girlfriend of five years, attorney Alexi Ashe, in July 2013. [51] The two married September 1, 2013, on Martha's Vineyard. [52] Their son, Ashe Olson Meyers, was born at Lenox Hill Hospital on March 27, 2016. [53] On April 8, 2018, the couple gave birth to their second son, Axel Strahl Meyers in the lobby of their apartment. [54] Beginning in July 2013, Alexi Ashe worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn assigned to the Sex Crimes Bureau. [55] She has since joined Sanctuary for Families as an advocate for victims of gender violence. [56] [57]

Meyers is a fan of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Penguins (his father being a Pittsburgh native), the Northwestern Wildcats (his alma mater), the Dutch National Football Team and football club West Ham United in the Premier League. [58] [59] 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. [60] He is a huge fan of Game of Thrones; one of the show's stars, Carice van Houten, is a friend of his and mentioned during an appearance on his show that once she got the role, the first thing she did was tell him about it.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2004 See This Movie Jake Barrymore
Maestro Tim Healy Short film
Thunder Road Voice-over Short film
2005 Perception Steven
The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and his Little Friend Disgruntled dork Short film
2006 American Dreamz Chet Krogl
2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth Professor Alan Kitzens
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Drunk guy in Yugo
2009 Spring Breakdown William Rushfield
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Chris Bunce
New Year's Eve Griffin Byrne
2014 The Interview Himself Cameo

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Spin City Doug Episode "Rain on My Charades"
2001–2014, 2018 Saturday Night Live Himself, various, Host [61] 253 episodes; also head writer
2008–2012 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Himself 8 episodes; also head writer
2010 2010 ESPY Awards Himself (host) TV special
2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner Himself (host) TV special
2011 2011 ESPY Awards Himself (host) TV special
2012–2016 The Mindy Project Matt / himself 2 episodes
2013 The Office Himself Episode: " Finale"
2013–2015 The Awesomes Prock (voice) Also creator, writer, executive producer
2014–present Late Night with Seth Meyers Himself (host) Also writer
2014 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host) TV special
2015 4th Annual NFL Honors Himself (host) TV special
2015 Portlandia Chad Koop Episode: "Dead Pets"
2015 Difficult People Dog Park Guy Episode: "Premium Membership"
2016 Lady Dynamite Himself Episode: "Mein Ramp"
2016 This Is Us Himself Episode: "The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World"
2018 75th Golden Globe Awards Himself (host) TV special

As a crew member

Year Title Notes
2007 Hot Rod Co-producer
2010 MacGruber Executive producer
2013 70th Golden Globe Awards Writer
2014 71st Golden Globe Awards Writer
2015 72nd Golden Globe Awards Writer
2015–present Documentary Now! Co-creator, writer, executive producer
2018–present A.P. Bio Executive producer

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Result
2007 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Saturday Night Live Won
2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Won
Peabody Award [62] Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series Nominated
2010 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Nominated
2011 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special The Women of SNL Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live for "Justin Timberlake Monologue" Won
2012 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Saturday Night Live Nominated
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Ensemble New Year's Eve Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live for "I Can't Believe I'm Hosting" Nominated
2013 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series Saturday Night Live Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Nominated
70th Golden Globe Awards Nominated
2014 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series [63] Saturday Night Live Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special [64] 71st Golden Globe Awards Nominated
2015 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series [65] Saturday Night Live Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) – Specials [65] 71st Golden Globe Awards Won
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special [66] 72nd Golden Globe Awards Nominated
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special Nominated
2016 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) – Specials [67] Nominated
GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode [68] Late Night with Seth Meyers Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series [69] Documentary Now! Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series [69] Saturday Night Live Nominated
2017 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Talk Series [70] Late Night with Seth Meyers Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series [70] Saturday Night Live Won
Documentary Now Nominated
GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode [71] Late Night with Seth Meyers Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series [72] Documentary Now! Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series [72] Late Night with Seth Meyers Nominated
2018 Dorian Award for TV Current Affairs Show of the Year [73] Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Talk Series [74] Nominated
TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows [75] Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series [76] Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) [76] 75th Golden Globe Awards Nominated

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