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Passing the "Late Night" baton to Seth Meyers

Updated: 02/25/2014 1:34 PM
Created: 02/24/2014 9:42 PM WNYT.com
By: Jessica Layton

For Seth Meyers, 'funny' was always in his family.

"My father was very funny and he always made my mother laugh and I think right when my brother and I started making my dad laugh we realized, oh, we have a sense of humor. Maybe this is genetic," Meyers said.

Those comedic genes and genuine smile have taken him a long way.

"When I realized I could make a career of it, it was mostly (because of) an absence of any other skills," he joked.

Meyers started doing comedy in college. He loved it. And he decided he'd keep doing it until somebody told him to stop.

"I've been lucky enough that no one has," he added.

Just the opposite, in fact. His talent caught the attention of the big wigs at NBC and in 2001, he joined the talented cast of Saturday Night Live. For years, he worked alongside comedic all stars like Amy Poehler, Tiny Fey and Jimmy Fallon: the funny guy and friend he's succeeding on Late Night, now that Fallon has taken over the Tonight Show.

NewsChannel 13's Jessica Layton sat down with Meyers in the fall. He told her that in his 13 years on SNL, he was already living the dream. He thought of his role as the hilarious host of 'Weekend Update' the greatest job on earth, mixing current events with an edgy humor you don't see in the news.

What many don't know is that Meyers was also the lead writer on the show.

"I always feel I have the heart of a writer so I hope I don't lose that," Meyers said.

He's also humorously humble. Talking openly about his Late Night fears.

"The scariest thing is having a show with your name on it."

Asked when's the last time he was this scared professionally, Meyers didn't hesitate in saying, "Probably right before the White House Correspondents Dinner."

Now he's looking ahead to the future. While he's sad to leave his SNL Family, he knows he's climbing the ranks in a line of late night television stars.

"I'm happy I think I found the one job that has the same level of excitement day in and day out," he said.

Or night in and night out. Late Night with Seth Meyers airs at 12:35am during the week, following NewsChannel 13 Live at 11 and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. A time slot he can't wait to fill.

"Mostly I'm counting on you to keep them up at 11, Jimmy to keep them up at 11:30 - if you guys do you job, I think I can handle it. But I'm really counting on you," he joked.

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