The comedian, television personality, and writer is perhaps best known for hosting Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update sketch alongside his own show, Late Night with Seth Meyers and has been growing his fan base ever since he landed a spot on SNL in 2001. Seth Meyers is a highly-successful comedian and talk show host, and after getting casted for Saturday Night Live at the turn of the century, he soon became head writer and the anchor of the Weekend Update sketch, a spot he still holds today.
Emmy-winner and the holder of several Writers Guild Awards,
Seth is considered one of the most established writers, comedians, and television personalities of his time. Just last year, his success led him to his own late night show on NBC, and Late Night with Seth Meyers took off in late February when he took over the slot from Jimmy Fallon when Jimmy moved to host The Tonight Show.
Born in the 70s in New Hampshire, Seth, or Seth Adam Meyers, graduated from Northwestern University in 1996. Alongside his brother Josh, Seth moved to Amsterdam after he aligned himself with the Improv Olympic Theatre.
While touring as a comedian, Seth soon caught the attention of the producers at Saturday Night Live. It wasn’t long before he successful auditioned for the series and was cast by producer Lorne Michaels. He began work in 2001, and soon moved up to both head write and star in the recurring segment “Weekend Update.” Seth focused more on writing and was often called a “subtle” on-air personality by viewers. Backstage, Seth was able to focus on perfecting his impersonations of people like John Kerry or other political figures and Hollywood actors.
It was in 2006 that Seth was told to take over the Weekend Update segment where he joined Tina Fey and Andrew Steele. When Fey left the show, he became head writer and co-anchor where he worked with Amy Poehler. When Amy left the show in 2008, Seth took over as the only anchor of the segment. When Fey made her return to the show, Seth was given credit for co-writing her material for her much-loved impersonation of Sarah Palin.
Soon, Seth went on to win three Writers Guild of America awards and by 2012 his Emmy nomination count went to eight for his work on SNL. He took home one win during 2011 for his lyrical contributions to a Justin Timberlake song.
Alongside his work with writing and comedy, Seth had also made many appearances in various feature films. In 2006, he made an appearance in American Dreamz. In 2008, Seth was seen in Spring Breakdown and just a few years later (in 2011) with New Year’s Eve and I Don’t Know How
Seth has admitted that he has always been an avid comic-book reader, so when he got the opportunity to do some guest work as a writer for Marvel Comics’ Spider-man, he took the change and made a one-shot special issue. The issue was published in 2009, and the following year he was chosen to host the ESPY Awards on ESPN.
Seth’s brother Josh has also experienced much success with his own career and has earned roles on MADtv and That ’70s show. A couple of years ago, it was announced that Seth would be taking over Jimmy Fallon’s spot on Late Night. Jimmy replaced Jay Leno on another NBC show, The Tonight Show with much success. Before he took over the program, Seth said he didn’t want to make any promises regarding the series. Meyers said he didn’t know how much different the series would be, and the soon-to-be host experienced a lot of pressure from critics, with many saying he wasn’t ready to take it over.
Despite the doubt coming from some viewers, Seth has since proven incredibly successful and he has maintained much of Jimmy’s fan base while gaining even more. Seth averaged about 2.7 million viewers during his debut week, giving him the second-best ratings for the series for the past seven years. Alongside his success with Late Night, Seth has continued working on various other comedy projects and has expressed his interest for doing more movie work.
Since his start, Seth has experience a lot of success both on-screen and off. His incredibly writing work has led him to many awards and titles, and his current work on Late Night has led him to even more fans.