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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,[1] Steve Martin,[2] Dennis Miller[3]
SpouseAlexi Ashe (m. 2013)
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Awesomes
 
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Seth Meyers
5.3.10SethMeyersByDavid-Shankbone.jpg
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,[1] Steve Martin,[2] Dennis Miller[3]
SpouseAlexi Ashe (m. 2013)
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Awesomes

Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973)[4] 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.

Early life[edit]

Meyers was born in Evanston, Illinois,[5] 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.[6][7] His younger brother is actor Josh Meyers. His paternal grandfather was Jewish;[8][9] Seth has performed at several Jewish Community Centers, although he does not consider himself Jewish.[10] His other ancestry is Czech-Austrian (from his paternal grandmother), Swedish, English, and German.[11] 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[edit]

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,[12] where his brother was also a cast member.[13]

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

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Meyers joined the SNL cast in 2001.[13] 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.[18] In 2004, he auditioned to co-anchor "Weekend Update" with Fey, but lost to Amy Poehler.[19] 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.[20][21] 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.[22]

While appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman during the 2008 United States presidential election, former SNL cast member Tina Fey credited Meyers with writing the sketches involving Fey's impression of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.[23]

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.[13] 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 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." [24] Even so, he mentioned in interviews that he regretted missing much of the presidential election primary season.[25][26]

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

Late Night[edit]

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.[27] Meyers announced February 10, 2014, that the bandleader for his house band "The 8G Band" would be Meyers' former SNL colleague Fred Armisen.[28]

Other pursuits[edit]

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.[29][30] In 2008, Meyers donated over $4,000 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33]

NBC and the Television Academy announced April 25, 2014, that Meyers will host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 2014.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Meyers became engaged to his girlfriend of five years, human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe, in July 2013.[35] The two married September 1, 2013, on Martha's Vineyard.[36]

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), the Dutch National Football Team and soccer club West Ham United in the Premier League.[37][38] 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.[39]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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[edit]

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"
2013–presentThe AwesomesProck (voice)Also Creator, Writer, Executive Producer
2014–presentLate Night with Seth MeyersHimself (host)Also Writer & Executive Producer
201466th Primetime Emmy AwardsHimself (host)TV Special

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardNominated workResult
2008Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) seriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy 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, Music, or Comedy 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, Music, or Comedy SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and LyricsSaturday Night Live for "Justin Timberlake Monologue"Won
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 Live "I Can't Believe I'm Hosting"Nominated
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) series[40]Saturday Night LiveNominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special[41]71st Golden Globe AwardsNominated

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