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Sitting down with Seth Meyers of ‘Saturday Night Live’
Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” is coming to Assembly Hall on Tuesday as a part of his stand-up comedy tour. Meyers is in his sixth season as SNL’s head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor and his 11th season as an SNL cast member.
A Northwestern University graduate, Meyers has performed at ImprovOlympic and toured internationally with Boom Chicago. Meyers also hosted the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner and the 2010 and 2011 ESPYS Awards. The Daily Illini recently interviewed Meyers about his tour, SNL and comedy in general.
Daily Illini: Could you tell me more about the stand-up tour, and what inspired you to start the tour?
Seth Meyers: I’m not really on tour as much during the SNL season. I only have a few weeks off here and there, but I try to get out and do as much stand-up as possible. I always like doing college shows. It’s such a great audience for me. And so it’s just lucky that Illinois had a date open when I was coming, when I was available.
DI: How does performing stand-up compare to writing for and acting on SNL?
SM: The great thing about writing on SNL is that we have this incredibly talented cast, and it’s such a gift to be able to put words in their mouths. It always makes whatever you write so much better. Whereas the nice part about stand-up is you get to spend time with the audience. It’s just yourself for an hour. And so for me, it’s really nice to be able to step out behind the desk and have that freedom to have a little bit more open interaction with people as opposed to just talking to a camera.
Read more of the interview here: http://bit.ly/Vln7jq