Awards season is finally here, and with that comes many exciting announcements of award nominees, presenters and hosts of the year’s biggest shows! The first event to kick off the New Year is the highly-anticipated Golden Globes, and it was recently announced that Seth Meyers would be the host. But who is he?
Here are 10 things you should know about the 44-year-old comedian.
1. He grew up in a few different cities
Seth was born in Evanston, Illinois but was raised in Okemos, Michigan from the ages of four to 10. He then moved to Bedford, New Hampshire, where he broke into the comedy scene.
2. He saw his big break on Saturday Night Live
Though Seth had some film and improv experiencebefore landing a role on the popular comedy show, Saturday Night Live is where he saw his big break. He joined the cast in 2001 and, only four years later, was promoted to writing supervisor and then co-head writer with big names like Tina Fey and Andrew Steele.
3. He’s the host of Late Night
After Jimmy Fallon left to host The Tonight Show, Seth took on the role of host for Late Night in 2014. His first guest happened to be his SNL co-star Amy Poehler! On the show, Seth touches on many controversial and political topics, keeping a comedic tone throughout.
4. He’s a competitive poker player
Back in 2009, Seth took home the winning prize on the third season of Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown . Out of the kindness of his heart, he donated the $100,000 prize to a Boston based charity called the Jimmy Fund. The organization raises money to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research.
5. He’s a huge fan of Barack Obama
The comedian and writer donated $4,000 to Barack’s presidential campaign back in 2008. Seth was also the keynote speaker at the White House Correspondents’ Association in 2011 – a huge honour!
6. He’s expecting his second child this year
Since marrying his human rights lawyer girlfriend Alexi Ashe in 2013, the two have welcomed one child into the world – a baby boy named Ashe Olson. During his annual Thanksgiving show, Seth announced that he and his wife are expecting their second child in 2018.
7. He’s bilingual
His mother Hilary Claire was a French teacher and taught Seth the language when he was in middle school, making him fluent in both French and English! The star once revealed, “I didn’t mind having my mom as a teacher. It was really fun. I just wish I could have been a better French student.”
8. He was first introduced to comedy in university
Seth attended Northwestern University – where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity – and saw his start in comedy improv. He joined the sketch group Mee-Ow Show, and continued on with ImprovOlympic with his group Preponderate. Seth even went abroad to pursue his passion with Boom Chicago, a troupe based in Amsterdamn.
9. He loves comic books
A self-proclaimed comic book fanatic, the comedian has revealed in the past that Batman, Justice League, Hawkeye and Locke & Key are among his favourites. Taking his passion one step further than admiration, Seth and his SNL co-worker Mike Shoemaker produced their own Hulu show in the genre called The Awesomes.
10. His Golden Globes commentary promises to be political
Speaking to People, Seth opened up about what his opening monologue is set to look like. It will definitely be politically-charged, “With the monologue, as far as talking about anything in the news right now, it seems like this year more than ever Hollywood has its own internal politics that obviously deserve to be talked about,” he explained, alluding to the sexual harassment allegations in the industry. “Going into it, our focus is far more on the worlds that make these films and less on anything that’s happening in Washington.”