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Host With the Most
Jessica Radloff | Photo: Courtesy Image | May 28, 2013
Catch SNL star Seth Meyers live before he makes the jump to his big new gig hosting Late Night.
Talk about a smooth transition: After six years hosting SNL’s Weekend Update, Seth Meyers is taking over pal Jimmy Fallon’s spot on Late Night early next year when Fallon takes the lead on the The Tonight Show. But before he moves on to his high-profile new job, Meyers, who lived in Evanston until he was 10 and returned to attend Northwestern University, will be stopping by for the TBS Just for Laughs comedy festival on June 14 at The Chicago Theatre.
What can those attending expect? Even Meyers isn’t sure. “It’s kind of like my Weekend Update show. I’m always drawn to talking about what’s happening in the news,” he says.
It’s possible, though, that he could also find a walk down memory lane inspiring for new material. “My parents had gone to Northwestern, which is why I was born in Evanston,” says Meyers, who’s been on SNL for 12 years and head or co-head writer since 2006. “[When I got older] I wanted to go to a school that had a good film program but wasn’t quite ready to go to New York or L.A. Northwestern fit the bill, and I look back on it as one of the better decisions I’ve ever made.”
While he’s clearly excited for his new job, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Ask him what the toughest part of writing and performing on SNL is, and Meyers will tell you “just having to make people laugh—that never really gets easier.” Still, when you do, it’s well worth it. “My dad is the funniest person I’ve ever met, and my mother laughed at everything he said. My brother and I realized at a young age that if you can make girls laugh, you can hit well above your weight class.” Hey, he seemed to impress Tina Fey.
Improv comedy, excellent Thai food at Noodles in the Pot, Gibsons—because you can get a big slice of cake (Lorne Michaels says so)
“The way Chicago’s wind off the lake turns into a dagger and cuts through your jacket and guts you like a pig. It makes you reconsider the value of everything you’re leaving the house to do.”