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Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, and television host who was Saturday Night Live's former head writer (2001–2014) and hosted the show's news parody segment, Weekend Update. Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in Bedford, New Hampshire, he attended Northwestern University and joined the cast of SNL in 2001, making him the third longest-running cast member of all time (Kenan Thompson has been on the show since 2003 for a whopping 18 years on the show; and Darrell Hammond was on the show from 1995 to 2009, a whopping 14 years, then came back in 2014 to replace Don Pardo as the show announcer). He began co-anchoring Weekend Update in 2006 with Amy Poehler, and continued to do so even after Poehler's departure from the show in 2008.

Prior to being a Weekend Update anchor, Seth was just an ordinary SNL cast member who got his start during the 2001-2002 season (season 27; the season that saw the show [and America at large] trying to recover from the 9/11 attacks and the end of Will Ferrell's and Ana Gasteyer's respective runs on the show). Meyers' recurring characters included Nerod (the Appalachian Emergency Room receptionist who had to listen to how rednecks got injured — including repeat patient, Tylernote  who always comes in with an outrageous story of how he got something shoved up his butt), David Clinger (a doctor/scientist with an insult comic streak), Zach Ricky (the host of a hidden-camera prank show that always goes wrong when an older fan comes in with video evidence of murder), and Dan Needler (one half of "The Couple That Should Be Divorced.") and whose celebrity impressions included Andre Agassi, Ewan McGregor, Hugh Grant, Senator John Kerry, Peyton Manning, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, and coincidentally, Anderson Cooper considering that in the final Weekend Update of the 38th season, Seth Meyers saved Bill Hader's Stefon character from marrying Anderson Cooper by beating Cooper up during the ceremony.

Meyers took over Late Night, replacing Jimmy Fallon, meaning that Seth's reign as Weekend Update anchor and head writer on SNL has come to an end. Meyers is now one of the longest-running Weekend Update anchor, beating out Tina Fey and Dennis Miller.

He also has a series on Hulu called The Awesomes, and can be found on Twitter. He is also one of the co-creators of the IFC show Documentary Now! where he also serves as a writer and executive producer.

His younger brother, Josh Meyers (with whom he shares a Strong Family Resemblancenote ), was a cast member on SNL's former rival sketch show MADtv from season eight to season nine, then played Randy on the final season of That '70s Show.

He is married to Human Right Lawyer Alexi Ashe and they have three children.

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  • Deadpan Snarker: Meyers is somewhere between Brad Hallnote  and Norm Macdonald on the "Snarkiest Weekend Update Anchor" scale.
  • Demoted to Extra: After being promoted to head writer in Season 32,note  Meyers rarely appeared in sketches outside of Weekend Update for his remaining time on SNL. He did occasionally show up in some sketches (like in the "Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy" pretaped videos as Boston Powersnote ), but it was rare.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? and Even the Guys Want Him: Played for Laughs on Weekend Update during the Ho Yay-tastic Stefon segments.
  • Odd Couple: With Martha Stewart, of all people. Watching his frequent appearances on Stewart's show is both bizarre and thoroughly entertaining. Mentioned on a fake SNL commercial for a photo studio specializing in taking cell phone pictures of men's penises. Seth Meyers' testimonial ends with him saying, "You're welcome, Martha Stewart." Oddly enough, one of his Late Night predecessors, Conan O'Brien was this with Martha Stewart as well.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He often refers to Amy Poehler as his "best friend" and during his Weekend Update run even signed off each of his segments by tapping the desk where she used to sit. It goes to the point that on Late Night, he only performs the "Really?" segment with Amy and only Amy whenever she's a guest.
  • Sibling Rivalry: There was a time when Seth and his brother, Josh, were on rival sketch shows. Seth was on Saturday Night Live and Josh was on MADtv. Seth even used a commentary section on Weekend Update (remember, this is back when he was just a cast member and not a Weekend Update anchor) to talk to his dad and told him to stop watching his brother on MADtv and pay attention to him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As can be seen here every male member of his family look really similar to each other.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Really??" tends to be this towards a specific individual.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Typical of his impressions during his years as a repertory cast member (from season 27 to season 31.note  Near the end they began to veer into Not Even Bothering with the Accent territory. Particularly hilarious when you take into account that he lived in Europe for several years and his brother, Josh, is better at accents and voices than he is as evidenced on his two-year stint on MADtv. Lampshaded on Late Night when he would recognize whenever he didn't nail an impression by saying something along the lines of "Yeah, that was my [X] impression" and apologize.
  • Weirdness Magnet: The characters Meyers interacts with on Weekend Update are all very bizarre and the only thing Seth can do is play straight man to their craziness. Some notable examples of crazy include: Bill Hader as Stefon and James Carville, Andy Samberg as Nicolas Cage, Kristen Wiig as Aunt Linda and Lana Del Rey (when news hit that her performance on SNL confirmed many critics' beliefs that Del Rey was a terrible live singer), Fred Armisen as David Patterson (the blind former governor of New York State former governor who would always make jokes about how bad New Jersey is), Bobby Moynihan as Drunk Uncle, Anthony Crispino, and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi from Jersey Shore, Cecily Strong as The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party, and Kate McKinnon as Cecilia Giméneznote  and Anne Romney.