Following in Sandler's Footsteps?
February 22. 2013 8:59PM
(Photo by Mark Bolton, New Hampshire Union Leader)
Seth Meyers is a comedian. He was born on December 28, 1973 in Evanston, IL but he was raised in Bedford, and graduated from Manchester West High School before attending Northwestern University in Chicago. His parents still live in Bedford; his mother, Hilary Meyers is a French teacher at McKelvie Middle School. But Seth has moved on to the Big Apple, after taking a job as a cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in September 2001.
Meyers, whose brother Josh is also a comedian and cast-member on MadTV, joined an improv group at Northwestern called Mee-Ow. From there, he joined Boom Chicago, an improv group based out of Chicago, and took the show on the road. He based the show out of Amsterdam, but has performed in places like London, Edinburgh and Singapore too. In 1999, while he was with Boom, he wrote and co-starred in a 2-person comedy show called "Pick-Ups and Hiccups" with Jill Benjamin.
In 2001, he performed at a Chicago Improv Festival, the Chicago Improv-Olympic, where he caught the attention of a Saturday Night Live scout. This is the same venue that launched the career of SNL cast member Tina Fey and many others. Meyers was invited to try-out and was hired. He became a regular in the 2003-2004 season and in 2005 became Writing Supervisor for the show. He worked as head writer on the show and as anchor of Weekend Update, which was a regular feature on the show.
During his time on air, Meyers became known for transforming into various characters that evolved into recurring roles including "the Zinger," a workplace insult king, and Jonathan Feinstein, a disc jockey. He is also a master impersonator who has portrayed characters like Prince Charles, Ty Pennington, Stone Phillips, Russell Crowe, Ryan Seacrest, Donald Trump and even Osama Bin Laden and Nicolette Sheridan. His most famous portrayal was that of John Kerry, which rivaled impersonations by prior SNL cast-members; namely Dana Carvey as George Bush and Phil Hartman as Ronald Reagan.
He has also started appearing on the big screen, first taking small parts in movies like Thunder Road, Perception, See this Movie and 2004's Maestro. In 2006, he appeared in the feature film American Dreamz with Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore. He was also in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Spring Breakdown, with his SNL co-star Amy Poehler. The movie was released in 2009. Seth hosted the Webby Awards twice, in 2008 and 2009 and ESPN's 2010 ESPY Awards on July 14, 2010.
In 2011, Meyers appeared in the films, I Don't Know How She Does It and New Year's Eve.
In February 2014, it was announced that Meyers would be joining the slew of late-night television hosts, taking over for Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night' at NBC, with his debut show to fall on Monday, February 24, 2014.