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Seth Meyers, ‘SNL’ comedian, to perform at Carroll

February 18th, 2010

Born and raised in Bedford, New Hampshire, Seth Meyers has been on “Saturday Night Live” for over seven years, and has had key roles in memorable Digital Shorts such as “Doppelganger,” and Natalie Portman’s interview in which she revealed herself as a rapper.

Meyers has made a memorable Anderson Cooper, Ryan Seacrest and John Kerry, but is most known for being an anchor for “Weekend Update,” since 2006.

Meyers, a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Il., is also currently the head writer.

However, before getting his start as an “SNL” member, Meyers’ first got his feet wet in various improv sketch groups.

At Northwestern University, Meyers, an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, and the Boston Red Sox landed a spot with an improv group called “Mee-Ow.”

He later went on to become a cast member on Boom Chicago, a sketch group based in Amsterdam, where his brother, Josh, was also a cast member.

After years of writing and acting for various comedy sketches, Meyers joined the cast of “SNL” in 2001. He was promoted to writing supervisor in 2005, and a year later became co-head writer alongside Tina Fey.

After Fey’s departure, Meyers became the head writer for the 2006-2007 season and soon became co-anchor with Amy Poehler on “Weekend Update.” In 2008 however, Poehler left “Weekend Update” and Meyers has since been anchoring the political-based comedy sketch solo.

“‘Weekend Update’ was the only place for me,” Meyers said about finding his home during an interview with Canada’s National Post. “The only spot on the show where you get to just be yourself.”

While Meyers has been behind the scenes, creating popular bits such as Fey’s spot-on Sarah Palin parody, he has also created a number of his own impersonations. From John Kerry to Tom Cruise, Meyers has impersonated popular figures in recent pop culture.

Meyers has been performing stand-up since his early career in various improv groups.

As his stand-up act makes it’s way around the country, Meyers tells Northwestern University’s newspaper, North by Northwest, about which job he enjoys more.

“I like them both,” he said. “A stand-up show is you and your point of view for an hour, whereas writing for SNL, you have the benefit of doing smaller pieces, and using bigger casts. Stand-up is more personal.”

Meyers makes his way to perform at John Carroll University on Friday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m. at Kulas Auditorium.