PROFILE
Name:
Seth Meyers
Birth Date:
1973/12/23
Birth Place:
Bedford, New Hampshire
Height:
6' (1.83 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
As the cast member of the popular sketch comedy and variety show “Saturday Night Life.”
BIOGRAPHY
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SNL

Background:

American actor and comedian Seth Meyers rose to prominence as a cast member of the popular sketch comedy and variety show “Saturday Night Life.” Having appeared on the show since 2001, the New Hampshire native has created a number of memorable characters, including DJ Jonathan Feinstein, the receptionist Nerod, and host Zach Ricky. He has also impersonated such public figures as Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Ryan Seacrest, Prince Charles, John Kerry, and Anderson Cooper. Meyers has been a head writer for the show since season 2006-2007 and the anchor of its weekly news sketch “Weekend Update” since 2006. For his writing job, he took home two WGA Awards and an Emmy nomination. Meyers has also acted in the films “See This Movie” (2004), “American Dreamz” (2006), “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (2008), “Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist” (2008) and “Spring Breakdown” (2009). He is the writer and will star in the upcoming comedy “Key Party” (2010), and will serve as a producer for “MacGruber” (2010), a vehicle for fellow “Saturday Night Live” member Will Forte.

As for his personal life, Meyers is a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox. He won the tournament 3 championship of “Celebrity Poker Showdown” (defeated Dave Navarro) and donated the $100,000 prize to the Boston-based Jimmy Fund. Meyers donated more than $4000 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008.

“She's the reason I asked my parents what the word 'virgin' meant. I've been fantasizing about her for so long, I feel like she's entitled to half my earnings.” Seth Meyers (on pop star Madonna)


Northwestern University

Childhood and Family:

Seth Adam Meyers was born on December 23, 1973, in Bedford, New Hampshire. His father, Larry Meyers, is an employee at GE Trade Finance, and his mother, Hilary Meyers, teaches French at McKelvie Middle School in Bedford, New Hampshire. He has a younger bother named Josh Meyers (born on January 8, 1976), who was a cast member in “MADtv” and “That '70s Show.” Seth graduated from West High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, and later received a degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


Key Party

Career:

Seth Meyers began his comedy career in college, where he joined the Northwestern University improv sketch group Mee-Ow, which was created by Josh Lazar and Paul Warshauer. After graduating, he performed with the group Preponderate at ImprovOlympic and toured the U.S. and other countries with the traveling comedy troupe Boom Chicago, which was based in Amsterdam. During his stay in Amsterdam, Meyers wrote and costarred in a two person comedy show called “Pick-ups and Hiccups” (1999). With partner Jill Benjamin, he staged the show five nights a week.

Meyers made his television acting debut in 2001 when he landed the small role of Doug in an episode of the ABC comedy series “Spin City” called “Rain of My Charades.” His big breakthrough arrived later that same year when he was recruited as a featured player for the long running NBC sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” created by Lorne Michaels. Meyers was invited to audition for the show after a “SNL” scout was impressed by his performance at the Chicago Improv Festival.

After nearly two years entertaining “SNL” fans, Meyers was advanced to a full cast member of the show in August 2003 along with Will Forte and Jeff Richards. Recognized for impersonations of celebrities like John Kerry, Michael Caine, Prince Charles, Tom Cruise, Tobey Maguire, Sean Penn, Ryan Seacrest, and Nicollette Sheridan, he also popularized such characters as The Zinger, Zach Ricky, David Clinger, Nerod, and DJ Jonathan Feinstein, among others.

By 2005, Meyers broadened his duties on “SNL” to include writing supervisor. He became the co-head writer in January 2006 and head writer for the 2006-2007 season after Tina Fey left “Saturday Night Live.” Also in 2006, Meyers was promoted to “Weekend Update” co-anchor on “SNL” with Amy Poehler. During his tenure on “SNL,” Meyers won two Writers Guild of America awards. In 2008, he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

Meyers branched out to feature films in 2004. He made his debut in David M. Rosenthal's “See This Movie,” where he costarred with John Cho. The comedy premiered at the 2004 Malibu Film Festival and went on to play at the 2005 Sedona Film Festival and Lake County Film Festival before receiving a theatrical release in January 2006. Meyers next worked in the short films “The Maestro” and “Thunder Road” (both 2004) from director Doug Stradley, and appeared with Piper Perabo in the 2005 drama “Perception,” written and helmed by Irving Schwartz. In the Jason Winer short “The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend” (2005), he acted with his real brother Josh Meyers.

Meyers made his major film debut in the comedy “American Dreamz” (2006). The movie was directed, written and produced by Paul Weitz of “American Pie” fame and starred top names like Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Marcia Gay Harden, and Willem Dafoe. In “American Dreamz,” Meyers played the supporting role of Chet Krogl.

After making his feature producing debut with “Hot Rod” (2007, as co-producer), Meyers resurfaced in front of the camera as Professor Alan Kitzens in “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (2008), a 3D film starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem and directed by Eric Brevig. The same year, he also made a cameo appearance in director Peter Sollett's “Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist,” which was an adaptation of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's novel of the same name. The next year, he supported Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch and fellow “SNL” member Amy Poehler in the comedy film “Spring Breakdown,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 2009.

Meyers is scheduled to star in the upcoming film “Key Party,” (2010 release, also a screenwriter). He will join Lore Michael, Ryan Kavanaugh and John Goldwyn as producers of the upcoming comedy film “MacGruber,” which will star fellow “SNL” cast member Will Forte. It will be released on April 16, 2010.


Awards:

  • Writers Guild of America: Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series, “Saturday Night Live,” 2009

  • Writers Guild of America: Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series, “Saturday Night Live,” 2007

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