'SNL' head writer Seth Meyers entertains MU audience

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 11:23 p.m. CDT; updated 8:56 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Seth Meyers, head writer for "Saturday Night Live," performs stand-up comedy Monday at Jesse Auditorium. The Missouri Students Association brought Meyers to campus.

COLUMBIA — Seth Meyers knows how to play to his audience.

The head writer of "Saturday Night Live" performed a stand-up comedy show at 7:30 p.m. Monday in MU's Jesse Auditorium at an event sponsored by the Missouri Students Association.

Meyers began his routine by asking the audience how they were doing "basketball-wise" and continued to cover topics often associated with college lifestyle: the functionality of futons, "annoying" attitudes of students after they return from study abroad programs and marijuana.

When he mentioned that after college he lived in Amsterdam for two years, several cheers erupted from the crowd — something he said happens every time he mentions the capital of the Netherlands in a college auditorium. After a brief pause, he explained that "it's not what you think."

"I lived in Amsterdam for two years because weed is legal there," he said in a deadpan tone, exhibiting the timing that has made him a star on "Saturday Night Live."

He gave opinions on the current presidential candidates, which showcased his political sense of humor. He called the Republican debates the best reality show on television.

Meyers ended his routine by performing several jokes that were cut from "Weekend Update," a mock news segment of "SNL," by censors because of their explicit and offensive nature. The laughter from the crowd often drowned out Meyers after he delivered the punchlines.

Last year, Meyers was invited to perform at the White House Correspondents' dinner, an appearance that drew a lot of attention because of his public roast of Donald Trump. The next day, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden.

In typical deadpan style, Meyers lowered his voice to an almost confessional tone, and the audience listened attentively as he proclaimed that he was going to be honest with them about his feelings.

"I felt that I had done a really good job at the correspondents' dinner, and I was looking forward to a day of press about what a good job I had done," he said, joking that he was the only guy in America who wasn't happy about the capture of bin Laden.

Meyers has been delivering the news behind the desk of "Weekend Update" since 2006. He hosted the segment with Amy Poehler during his first two years but has been the sole anchor since 2008.

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