Seth Meyers fills Parents’ Weekend with laughs



Lauren McCarthy

Seth Meyers can tell a joke. Sure, every “Saturday Night Live” viewer can attest to that, as Meyers, host of Weekend Update, deadpans punch line after punch line.

However, after Saturday night’s “An Evening with Seth Meyers,” hosted by the Campus Activities Team in the Pavilion, Villanova students and their families can personally confirm Meyers’ joke-telling capabilities. 

The funnyman left the audience roaring with stories of life in NYC, bar fights and, of course, college life. 

Meyers, a graduate of Northwestern University, says that his personal college experience was “outstanding,” claiming his time in the campus improv/comedy troupe was the highlight of his four years.

“The campus improv group was pretty much where I got my start in comedy,” Meyers says. “It was a great place to get my foot in the door and make some connections.” 

Meyers also found the time to partake in one of the most revered college traditions — joining a fraternity. 

“I do still keep in touch with my fraternity friends,” he says. “But they’re all doctors and lawyers now. They’re not, like, inventing beer bongs.” 

Immediately after college, Meyers found work writing advertising copy for a startup company, before ultimately landing his dream job at “Saturday Night Live” in 2001.

“I’ve been there for a long time now, and I get to work with the funniest people on earth,” Meyers says. “It’s been an outstanding experience.” 

Meyers plays double duty for the show, as both the Weekend Update host and head writer, both formerly held by “30 Rock” star Tina Fey. 

While Meyers claims to love both roles, he can’t help but pick sides.

“The writing part of the show is sort of the thrill because you have such little time to throw the show together,” Meyers says. “It sort of feels like being an athlete. We only have a week to pull it off, and as soon as it’s over you can’t worry about whether you thought it went well or thought it went bad.” 

But not all jokes can be winners.

“We have a dress rehearsal, and the good news is if they don’t laugh, you probably decide not to do it,” Meyers says. “But then when they don’t laugh at air, you think ‘What happened? This worked an hour ago.'” 

As a huge music fan, Meyers can’t help but geek out over some of the musical guests. 

With the show’s impressive track record — just last season boasted the likes of Lady Gaga, Vampire Weekend and Jay-Z — who can blame him?

But the most excited he’s ever been about a band coming was Wilco.

“I started in 2001 when ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ came out, and I had been pushing for them to be on the show forever…but I have no push,” Meyers recalls. “But then we finally booked them a few years ago, and they did one of my favorite Wilco songs, and it was just great.” 

Meyers lists Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” and Wolf Parade’s “Expo 86” as two recent albums he loves but names The Hold Steady as the band he’d most like to see on the show next. 

Perhaps Meyers’ Brooklyn rock dreams will come true once the 36th season of “Saturday Night Live” premieres this Saturday. So what insider information can the head writer give on what we can expect from the upcoming season?

 “We have four new cast members, which is really exciting because it has been a long time since we added that many new people at once,” Meyers says. “We have a lot of great hosts — some people who have hosted will be coming back. Most importantly, Amy Poehler is hosting the season premiere, which is really exciting.” 

As for Weekend Update, Meyers has been keeping a close eye on the news.

“We have the midterm elections coming up and all of the Tea Party stuff, so that will be interesting to see how it all shakes out,” Meyers says. “Otherwise, two wars still going on. That’s super exciting.”