There were few dry eyes at Stevenson University on Sunday night. But what could have been tears from a screening of a sappy romance movie were actually the result of uncontrollable laughter from the comedic stylings of Saturday Night Live’s acclaimed writer Seth Meyers.
Meyers, the show's head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor, has been long anticipated on campus since MAP, Mustang Activities and Programming Board, announced the event in January.
“I had no idea that it was real at first. I was like ‘no way, that’s not really going to happen.’” said Alli Winer, senior at Stevenson and editor-in-chief of campus newspaper The Villager. “But as soon as tickets went on sale I had them in my [online] cart, ready to purchase.”
Stevenson's gymnasium was packed Sunday night with a mix of students, alumnae and community members.
Covering everything from college life and travel, to love, politics,and the Internet, Meyers’ standup performance was diverse and charming. On stage, he was candid and honest, and shared everything from stories of relationships to celebri-dom and SNL.
He even indulged the lone heckler, who’s request to be sung “Happy Birthday” turned into a funny story about a performance of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” gone awry.
Meyers told the story of performing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which was the night that Osama bin Laden was captured, and a hysterical story of his first time being punched in Las Vegas…it doesn’t end well.
Towards the end of the night, he shared some jokes cut from “Weekend Update,” segements -- some raunchy, others with varying punch lines.
The crowd roared with laughter even as Meyers made his way off stage.
Hope Miller Miles, Assistant Director of Student Activities at Stevenson was thrilled with how the night went, with close to 1,300 people in attendance. On working with Myers, Miles said that he was “sweet and pleasant, very gracious, just really a nice guy.”
Rose Kramer, one of many non-students in the audience, came from Elkridge with friends to see the performance.
“I thought he was hysterical,” she said. “I love Seth Meyers and I thought he was really funny.”
Longtime SNL fan and Stevenson senior Melinda Kane had been to a live taping of a SNL episode in 2011, and was thrilled to have Meyers on campus.
“I think he did an amazing job and he hit a lot of different fields for people to laugh at, from politics to college. So, I think he was just outstanding,” said Kane.
Stevenson senior Sara Secada-Lovio said of the performance, “I liked him anyway but I love him so much now."