Arts & Entertainment

Seth Meyers says goodbye to SNL

By: Alex Spindler~Staff Writer~

After nearly 13 years in service as a featured player, troupe member, Weekend Update anchor and head writer, Seth Meyers bids farewell to the longest-running sketch comedy show in the United States, “Saturday Night Live” (SNL).

Meyers began his journey with SNL back in 2001 after performing with various improv troupes such as ImprovOlympics and Boom Chicago.

A Northwestern University graduate and lifelong comedy fan, Meyers always believed SNL was the ultimate goal for any consummate comedian or struggling improv actor in the business.

His fitting tribute featured the return of former cast members and best friends. Amy Poehler, his former “Weekend Update” co-anchor, joined him to present his final broadcast of Weekend Update.

Also recently-departed cast member, Bill Hader, made a surprise appearance as Stefon, the misunderstood, excentric and unrequited love interest of Meyers who has been a fan-favorite on the show for the last three years.

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Meyers hosted “Weekend Update” on SNL.

While on SNL, Meyers has had the pleasure of performing in other unique venues. His hosting of the ESPY awards for professional sport achievements sent the often-dour ratings through the roof. Additionally, Meyers was the keynote speaker at the White House Correspondents Dinner in April 2011.

Luckily for Meyers, his journey with banter and comedic writing does not end with his SNL chapter closing. Last summer, it was announced that Meyers would take over “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” as the new host and executive producer. Fallon would then ecstatically take over “The Tonight Show,” previously hosted by Jay Leno and before him, the legendary Johnny Carson.

As Meyers and Fallon step into their new shoes and homes following the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a new set of changes will come into the world of NBC “Late Night.” For one, Meyers and Fallon both represent the SNL alumni with a special brand of comedy and improv training.

Both hosts were determined to bring the broadcasts back to New York City, and will permanently broadcast their shows just miles from the SNL studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Plus with their long list of acclaimed hosting positions before them, the “Late Night” viewers are sure to see a different approach to the talk-show format from now on.