Who Is Seth Myers?
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. The winner of an Emmy and several Writers Guild Awards, Meyers made his debut as host of NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers on February 24, 2014, taking over the Late Night slot from fellow SNL alum Jimmy Fallon (who moved to hosting The Tonight Show).
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.
Joining 'Saturday Night Live'
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.
Anchoring 'Weekend Update'
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.
Awards and Films
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.
New Host of 'Late Night'
In May 2013, it was announced that Meyers had been chosen to replace Jimmy Fallon as host of NBC's Late Night, with Fallon—who was also a one-time anchor for "Weekend Update"—moving on to replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show. "I don't want to make any broad pronouncements about how the show is going to be, whether it's going to be the same or different," Meyers said in an interview featured in The New York Times prior to his Late Night debut. "But I have to draw on my background in improvisational comedy and sketch comedy and stand-up comedy and try to find some mix of that."
Meyers premiered as host of Late Night with Seth Meyers on February 24, 2014. Meyers averaged 2.7 million viewers during his debut week, giving him the second-best Late Night ratings in seven years, according to thewrap.com.
Seth Meyers married Alexi Ashe, a human rights attorney, on September 1, 2013, in Martha’s Vineyard. The couple welcomed a son, Ashe Olsen, on March 27, 2016, and a second son, Axel Strahl, on April 8, 2018.
The following night, on his show, Meyers shared the story of how his wife gave birth in their building lobby. Recalling the experience, he said, "I called 911 and over the course of a minute conversation, I said, 'We're about to have a baby — we're having a baby — we had a baby.'" He then showed a photo featuring his wife lying on the ground with the boy, emergency personnel holding an oxygen mask to her mouth and Meyers beside them, smiling.
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