Seth Meyers to Host the Emmys: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Seth Meyers is adding to his television duties. The former SNL funnyman, and new host of his own late night show, will be hosting the Emmys for the first time.

Let’s learn about the rising star’s career and newest gig.

1. He Has 3 Emmys

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These all came from his role on Saturday Night Live, as he was with the show for 12 years.

Now that he’s left the show to host his own gig, Late Night with Seth Meyers, he admits that he misses he sketch comedy show.

“I do [miss it]. I miss it a little bit less every day, which is nice,” he said.

However, he does enjoy creating a new group with his new show:

And obviously as you build a new show like we have, you find there are other really lovely people that you get to sort of build a new family with.

2. It Comes 2 Months After Being Named a ‘Time’ Influential Person

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In the magazine, Amy Poehler wrote the tribute to honor her friend and former co worker.

She gushed:

Seth Meyers is the best listener on television. To see the proof, watch him every night on his new show, Late Night With Seth Meyers. His ability to connect his big-picture brain with his compassionate attention to detail makes him a great host and a loyal friend. He is a sharp performer and superior writer. But his biggest talent is the delight he takes in helping others look good.

3. He Already Hosted the ESPY Awards & the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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In the video above, we see his opening monologue at the 2011 ESPYs.

That same year, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner fell on the eve of Osama bin Laden’s assassination. Meyers was set to host, on that monumental evening.

He told NPR about the pressure he faced on that night:

It’s one thing that [Obama] was planning this crazy assassination that to some degree would define his presidency in history books. But the fact that he could be planning that and also go out and just knock it dead at the Correspondents’ Dinner, that made me very jealous — because it required 110 percent of my concentration to do the job I did.

4. His Experience on ‘SNL’ Helped Him Win the Role

He joined the cast in 2001. In 2005, he became the show’s writing supervisor. Then, in 2006, he became a head writer.

During his time on the sketch comedy, he was known for his impersonations of John Kerry, Tom Cruise and Ryan Seacrest. He was also the co-anchor, alongside Amy Poehler, of Weekend Update.

NBC’s Paul Telegdy gushed over why the Late Show leader was the best choice:

Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at SNL, as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on SNL and Late Night, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys.

5. He Just Got Married

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Meyers and Alexi Ashe (Getty)

Alexi Ashe, a human-rights lawyer, won the heart of the funny man, and the pair married in October.

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