Aidin Vaziri | Seth Meyers’ first comedy gig was as a member of the Northwestern University improv group Mee-Ow. “Having an improv background really taught me how to listen,” he said. Meyers, 40, gets to put those skills to the test every day now as the host of “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” But the former head writer at “Saturday Night Live” hasn’t lost touch with his roots. On Nov. 21, he performs at the Palace of Fine Arts as part of the Citi Presents program. We spoke to him last week from the NBC Studio in New York.
Q: When did you have time to put together a stand-up show?
A: Well, it’s funny. It’s not that we’re not working hard. It’s just that everything is easier after being head writer at “SNL.” Having my weekends back makes things easier. I’m not doing stand-up all the time, but I like to go out and do maybe two a month, just to stretch those muscles.
Q: Is your act just like a really long monologue?
A: With stand-up, you have the luxury of time. It’s a combination of talking about what’s going in the world and what’s going on in my personal life. I’m a newlywed. That turns out to be a big part of the act. I get to tell my side of the story and people just nod and laugh.
Q: Do you feel comfortable as a talk show host yet?
A: I hadn’t really done it before. I was lucky enough to be a guest on talk shows. I was always more comfortable when I felt the host was listening to me, so I try really hard to do that. The most exciting thing about it is there are a hundred different types of interviews.