Seth Meyers to headline Colonials Weekend

Photo by David Shankbone and used under the Wikimedia Commons License
Photo by David Shankbone and used under the Wikimedia Commons License
After Seth Meyers hosts the Emmy Awards this summer, the actor and comedian will visit campus for Colonials Weekend.

Meyers, who became the new host of “Late Night” in February, will perform Oct. 18 at the Smith Center for the annual event that brings students’ families to GW.

The show begins at 9 p.m., and doors will open at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale July 8 at 10 a.m.

The 40-year-old is best known for serving as a head writer for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” appearing alongside comedians such as Andy Samberg, Bill Hader and Cecily Strong. He helped write comedy sketches like the skits featuring Tina Fey as 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton.

Also a screenwriter and producer, Meyers specializes in political and news satire. He has impersonated politicians and journalists from John Kerry to Anderson Cooper. Meyers has also appeared on screen in the movies “American Dreamz,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “New Year’s Eve.”

He took over “Late Night” from Jimmy Fallon, who moved on to host “The Tonight Show” this year.

Meyers will host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25. He has also hosted the ESPY Awards twice and spoke at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2011. The same year, he won an Emmy for co-writing the lyrics to “Justin Timberlake Monologue” on SNL.

The October weekend will mark a return to a comedy show after two years of music performances. Last year, The Fray headlined the annual event, following an appearance by Train. In previous years, GW hosted Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and Fallon.

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