Seth Meyers has been making us laugh on Saturday nights for years as a performer, writer and "Weekend Update" anchor for SNL — and beginning tonight, he'll take over for Jimmy Fallon as the heir to Late Night with SNL pals Fred Armisen leading the band and Amy Poehler as first guest.
"You know, it's not the worst thing in the world to be on SNL and single in New York City," he said of his bachelor days, but that chapter closed in September when he married lawyer Alexi Ashe in Martha's Vineyard.
YourTango: Was it love at first sight when you met Alexi?
Seth Meyers: Yes it was. I had a sense that she was the closest I'd ever met to someone who I could see myself with. Pretty much right away.
YourTango: How did you meet?
Seth Meyers: I met her at Chris Kattan's wedding. Her sister worked in the set design department of SNL.
YourTango: Now you're even busier with Late Night. How do you find time for her?
Seth Meyers: My wife is a very smart woman, smarter than me. When I decided with her counsel to take this job, we both understood it's going to be pretty lousy six to nine months, and then it will be a lot better. Once I get in the swing of things, this is a far better job to be married than SNL was.
YourTango: Do you share a similar sense of humor?
Seth Meyers: Well, my wife is sillier than I am so that makes me laugh a great deal. I make her laugh, too. But I also make her not laugh and that's when I know it's time to retire something.
YourTango: What's the secret to keeping your relationship solid?
Seth Meyers: We just have to find time for one another. But you know, my wife works at the Brooklyn D.A.'s office. She's dealing in a far darker world than I am. And she manages to come home and still be bright-eyed and positive. So I have to do the same.
YourTango: What little things does she do for you to show her love?
Seth Meyers: It's funny, she used to be this incredible curator of all our memories and keep a scrapbook. Every time we went to the Emmy Awards, she would save the ticket. She'd get mad if I lost a name tag. And then after the Golden Globes, I asked if she wanted to save the tickets and she said, "No, I'm done with that."
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