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Seth Meyers is a comedian, actor and writer known for hosting Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." He is also the slated replacement for Jimmy Fallon on Late Night.
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Born on December 28, 1973, in Bedford, New Hampshire, Seth Meyers worked as an international performer before landing a spot on Saturday Night Live in 2001. He eventually became the show's head writer and an anchor for its popular "Weekend Update" news segment. He has won an Emmy and several Writers Guild Awards, and is scheduled in 2014 to take over as host of Late Night from fellow SNL alum Jimmy Fallon.
"I love baseball. I kind of messed around with Little League, but in the end it didn't work out. I always say you don't get to be a comedian by being really good at sports."
"I've called [my parents] every Sunday since I went away to college. We started this family football pool when my brother and I were, like, 9 and 7; I guess they felt it was a key thing, to teach us the building blocks of gambling at a young age. Or maybe they figured it would always give us a reason to call home."
Seth Adam Meyers was born on December 28, 1973, in Bedford, New Hampshire, to Hillary and Lawrence Meyers. The fledgling performer attended Northwestern University, graduating in 1996. He subsequently aligned himself with the ImprovOlympic Theatre and made an international move with his brother Josh. They lived in Amsterdam, Holland for a time and there worked with the venue Boom Chicago.
A touring artist, Seth Meyers eventually caught the attention of the Saturday Night Live team. He successfully auditioned for show producer Lorne Michaels, joining the cast in 2001. With a more subtle on-air personality than some of his peers, Meyers was able to focus on writing for the show while delivering impersonations such as that of 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry or various Hollywood actors.
By 2006, Meyers had been appointed one of SNL's head writers, joining Tina Fey and Andrew Steele. Upon Fey leaving the show, Meyers became head writer and took over the co-anchoring spot of "Weekend Update," working alongside Amy Poehler in dispatching irreverent takes on current events. Upon Poehler leaving the show in 2008, Meyers became lone anchor. He is also credited with co-writing the material for Fey's SNL return with her much lauded parodies of 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Meyers has won three Writers Guild of America awards. By 2012, he had been nominated for eight Emmy Awards for his SNL work, winning a 2011 Emmy for his lyrical contributions to a Justin Timberlake tune.
The writer and comic has made feature film appearances as well, including American Dreamz (2006), Spring Breakdown (2008), New Year's Eve (2011) and I Don't Know How She Does It (2011), in which he co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker.
Meyers, who is an avid comic-book reader, got the opportunity to work as a guest writer for Marvel Comics' Spider-Man character, with a one-shot special issue published in 2009. The following year he hosted the ESPY Awards on ESPN. As a denizen of the West Village, he has also continued to flex his improv muscles in a friendly, low-key environment at the Upright Citizens Brigade in nearby Chelsea.
Brother Josh has become a noted TV comic actor as well, with roles on MADtv and That '70s Show.
In May 2013, it was announced that Meyers was chosen to replace Jimmy Fallon as host of NBC's Late Night. Fallon, who was a one-time anchor for "Weekend Update" as well, will be moving on to host The Tonight Show.
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