Comedian Seth Meyers Discusses ‘SNL’ & Life Amid Pandemic In Virtual Lecture
Seth Meyers joined Penn State’s Student Programming Association (SPA) Monday night to virtually discuss his career in comedy with students and community members.
The comedian is known for hosting “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and being a former writer and cast member on “Saturday Night Live.”
Meyers recalled knowing he wanted to go into a career in entertainment at an early age thanks to his love and passion for comedy.
“I would say with comedy the most important thing is to do it as often as possible, you really do need to get feedback, you need to have repetition, and the younger you are the easier it is to fail,” Meyers said. “There is really no way to succeed in comedy with failing because you learn a good deal from doing that.”
For Meyers, it had always been a dream of his to audition for SNL. As the show’s head writer, he can certainly say those dreams came true.
“It was impossible not to be influenced by the people I was lucky enough to work within that era, and we all learned things from each other, even though they Andy Samberg started after me,” Meyers said. “I learned a ton from him about comedy that I wouldn’t have done otherwise.”
Transitioning to his own show, Meyers spoke about how he’s adapted from a live studio audience to filming in the attic at his in-laws’ home. At first, Meyers said making the production high quality was a struggle, so he reached out to some YouTubers.
When talking about his favorite experiences on the show, Meyers named his top three life experiences in order: day-drinking with Rihanna, his marriage, and the birth of his kids.
“And yet the birth of my children and my wedding day are like right behind the two hours I drank with Rihanna, and I think my wife would agree with that assessment,” Meyers joked. “She would rather have spent two hours with Rihanna than at our wedding.”
Of course, Meyers provided some advice for the college students in the crowd. He suggested they read as much as possible now before they grow older and no longer have time to sit down with a good book.
Additionally, Meyers emphasized the importance of being a team player and playing off the strengths and weaknesses of not only oneself but also those around you.
“I’ve realized in the past that people around me were better at things than I was,” Meyers said. “If someone else is worse, it doesn’t make you better, so you might as well root for them to be the best as well.”
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