- Full Name Seth Adam Meyers
- Occupation Actor, Writer, Producer, Television Host, Comedian
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Bedford, New Hampshire, USA
I want people to know my political point of view. There's an appetite for that, almost an expectation. I also want to make people laugh, but I wouldn't want to do it at the expense of my point of view.
Seth Meyers | BiographyEmmy Award-winning host and writer of the NBC late-night talk show ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’
As the host of NBC’s Late Night, Meyer replaced the previous host, Jimmy Fallon. NBC named Fallon as the Tonight Show host in 2014. The first episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, a late-night talk show, was aired on 24 February 2014. The talk show is executively produced by Lorne Michaels and directed by Alex Vietmeier. The show is on its eighth season as of August 2021.
Seth Meyers is the Emmy Award-winning host and writer of the NBC late-night talk show ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers.’
Who Is Seth Meyers?
Seth Adam Meyers is an American actor, comedian, producer, and television host. He is widely renowned for his popular television shows, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
He executively produced the NBC comedy A.P. Bio and Hulu’s animated superhero show The Awesomes, broadcasted for three seasons. Meyers also lent his voice in the animated series. In addition, he teamed up with the alums of Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, to create IFC’s Emmy nominated docu-parody series Documentary Now.
He hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and 75th Golden Globe Awards in 2014 and 2018, respectively. Similarly, he hosted ESPY Awards, in the year 2010 and 2011, on ESPN. Besides, he also headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews.
Early Life and Education
Meyers was born in Evanston, Illinois, on 28 December 1973. He was raised in Okemos, Michigan, from the age of four to ten. He then moved to Bedford, New Hampshire. Meyers’s father, Laurence Meyers Jr., worked in finance and his mother, Hilary Claire, was a French teacher. Josh Meyer, his younger brother, is an actor. Meyer’s paternal grandfather was Jewish.
He went to Edgewood Elementary school in Okemos. He later graduated from Manchester High School West in New Hampshire. Meyers then matriculated from Northwestern University in Evanston. Meyer also was a member of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta at the same university.
When Meyers first came to Northwestern, he had no plans at all. He was initially a Radio/T.V./Film major, and he thought he wanted to be behind the camera. However, Meyers winded up developing his interest in improv comedy. So he went downtown and took classes at ImprovOlympic.
Meyers started his improv comedy as a member of the Northwestern University improv sketch group, Mee-Ow show. He carried on with his career at ImprovOlympic with the group Preponderate and overseas. He was also a cast member of Boom Chicago, an improv ensemble at Amsterdam, where his brother Josh was also a cast member.
Saturday Night Live
Meyer’s commended show Pick-ups and Hiccups with his partner, Jill Benjamin, toured Europe when they eventually got the attention of SNL. Meyers said his big break on SNL originated from a chance meeting with scouts at his show Pick-ups & Hiccups. He said that one of the most stressful and significant vital days of his career was his SNL audition in 2001. According to Meyers, candidates wrote their auditions and performed on the SNL stage.
Beginning his television career in 2001, on SNL, he was a cast member for 13 seasons. In 2005, he landed the position of writing supervisor. A year later in January 2006, he became co-head writer, sharing the role with Tina Fey and Andrew Steele.
In 2004, Meyer auditioned to co-anchor Weekend Update with Fey, although Amy Poehler defeated him. With Fey’s departure, he was granted the cast of a head writer for the 2006-2007 season and undertook the role of ‘Weekend Update’ co-anchor with Amy Poehler. Meyer independently anchored between 2008 and 2013 because of Poehler’s departure. In the 2013-2014 season, Meyers was accompanied by Cecily Strong as co-anchor.
On SNL, Meyers impersonated renowned figures like John Kerry, Anderson Cooper, Carrot Top, Ryan Seacrest, Sean Penn, Bill Cowher, Donald Trump, Kevin Federline, etc. His recurring characters encompassed Zach Ricky, host of the show Pranksters; Nerod, the sketch Appalachian Emergency Room receptionist and William Fitzpatrick, from the Irish talk show, Top Othe Morning.
Late Night with Seth Meyers
As the host of NBC’s Late Night, Meyer replaced the previous host, Jimmy Fallon. NBC named Fallon as the Tonight Show host in 2014. “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation. His years at SNL’s Weekend Update desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise,” said Bob Greenblatt, the chairperson of NBC. The first episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, a late-night talk show, was aired on 24 February 2014. The talk show is executively produced by Lorne Michaels and directed by Alex Vietmeier. The show is on its eighth season as of August 2021.
In February 2021, the comedian agreed upon a proposal to host Late Night with Seth Meyers through 2025. He had also signed a deal for Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions, a company he runs with Late Night with Seth Meyers showrunner Mike Shoemaker, with Universal Studios Group through 2025.
During the coronavirus pandemic, he filmed from the attic of his home for his show. “A few YouTube commenters were constructive in their criticism of ways that professional T.V. people could make their videos look better. Someone said, ‘Hey, you have to buy a lav microphone. You sound terrible.’ So I bought a lav microphone, and it made a huge difference,” Meyer said to Vanity Fair.
Awards and Nomination
Meyers won the Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown Season 3 in 2009 and generously donated the $100,000 prize to the Boston-based Jimmy Fund. Likewise, he donated over $4000 to Barack Obama’s presidential crusade.
Meyers and his SNL castmate Bill Hader wrote a Spider-Man one-off titled The Short Halloween illustrated by Kevin Maguire and was published on 29 May 2009. Birdie of Comic Book Resources gave their work a three and a half stars rating on a scale of five.
Meyer won the Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series three times in 2007, 2009, 2010. In addition, in 2011, he won the Primetime Creative Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. In 2020, he also won the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Talk Show for his performance on Late Nights with Seth Meyers.
Meyers was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2017 and 2018 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. In 2018, he presented the 75th Golden Globe Awards, which was Emmy nominated in Outstanding Variety Special.
Meyers was engaged in July 2013 with Alexi Ashe, a human rights lawyer, after a 5-year long relationship. The couple married on 1 September 2013 at Chickemmoo Farm in Martha’s Vineyard. Meyers met Ashe at a wedding of Chris Kattan. Ashe’s sister, Ariel, was employed in the set department of Saturday Night Live. He reminisced it was love at first sight. Meyers proposed to his partner, with a ring tied on a bow around their dog’s collar. The comedian also confessed that he cried a little when his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal.
They welcomed their first son, Ashe Olson Meyers, in Lenox Hill Hospital on 27 March 2016. Their second son, Axel Strahl Meyers, was born in their apartment lobby before making it to the hospital.
Did you know?
In 2014, Meyers reserved his name among the list of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people.
Meyer has an estimated net worth of $12 million as of August 2021.