Funnyman Seth Meyers is going to be the host of the Primetime Emmy Awards this summer, according to an announcement by NBC late this past Thursday. Meyers is the new host of the late-night show on NBC, which was formerly hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and previous to Fallon, Conan O’Brien.
Meyers, 40, is a seasoned comedian. Also an actor and voice actor, screenwriter, producer and most notably, a TV host, he has previously been popular on the NBC late-night weekend comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’ from 2001 until earlier this year. Meyers he took over Fallon’s late night show at the end of February. Fallon left his show to take over ‘The Tonight Show’, previously hosted by Jay Leno. Meyers served as head writer of Saturday Night Live, being promoted to the position of writing supervisor of the show in 2005, then co-head writer in 2006, where he shared the job with fellow Saturday Night Live cast members Tina Fey and Andrew Steele. Fey admitted on a late night talk show that Meyers was one of the people who aided in writing the Sarah Palin Saturday Night Live sketches for her and Amy Poehler which were widely acclaimed as hilarious and spot-on.
Meyers was most popular with viewers on the show as host of the SNL segment ‘Weekend Update’, which was fashioned as a news show, rehashing the week’s events, parodying them and making fun of them sarcastically. The show would also feature “guests” (actually Saturday Night Live actors impersonating celebrities), who would exaggerate characteristics of famous people in parody to them. Previous to being on Saturday Night Live Meyers, originally from Illinois, got started small in his comedy career. The comedian did improv comedy early on.
In addition to NBC announcing this past Thursday that Meyers would be hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards this summer, Meyers also made the list of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of the World” that day. The article, praising him and calling him a “great host and a loyal friend,” and a “sharp performer and superior writer,” was written by fellow comedienne, Amy Poehler. So, Thursday was not a bad day, all in all, for the comedian.
According to the New York Daily News, the president of late night and alternative programming at NBC Entertainment has explained that Meyers is a great pick for the Emmy Award host because his time working at both ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Late Night’ has provided him with a lot of expertise and ease in front of a live audience with no problems. It was also said that Meyers is a great comedian both in front of, and behind the camera, and is a great comedic writer as well. Those attributes make him a perfect choice to host the Emmy Awards.
In addition to his successful comedy career, Meyers has also appeared in several films during the last few years, including parts in 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Fraser, 2011’s New Year’s Eve which featured an all-star cast ensemble. In addition, he had a cameo role in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, starring Michael Cera.
Considering Seth Meyers’ credentials as a host, the Primetime Emmy Awards show this summer promises to be worth the watch. The show will will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Aug. 25 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. PDT.
Opinion by Laura Clark