WASHINGTON — Seth Meyers, host of “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” will headline Conversations on the Green at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 26 at Shepaug Valley High School, 159 South St.
Tickets, which are partially tax-deductible, are available at two levels: individual tickets, which are $45, and Angels on the Green tickets, which are $250 per person and include preferred seating and the opportunity to meet Mr. Meyers at a special cocktail reception at The Mayflower following the conversation.
All proceeds from the event will benefit area charities, including Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, which provides mental health services to the area’s most vulnerable residents; Susan B. Anthony, which provides free crisis and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and New Milford Hospital, which serves thousands in the community.
In his talk, Late Night: The Divine Comedy, Mr. Meyers will speak on how he turns politics into humor at a time when politics is synonymous with panic. He will discuss the challenges of creating a nightly comedy show tied so tightly to daily political disaster and the existential fear it provokes.
During the show, produced by Fifth District U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, Mr. Meyers will reminisce on his years as the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update host and recount stories of his climb up the comedy ladder. He’ll also discuss his personal life as a celebrity, husband and father.
Jane Whitney, former NBC talk show host, will moderate the informal, interactive conversation.
She will ask Mr. Meyers about how late-night comedy — once a safe, somnambulant replacement for counting sheep — metastasized into a cutting, ruthless commentary on the nation’s polarized political climate.
The 45-year-old comedian was born in Evanston, Ill., but raised in Michigan and New Hampshire. He got his start in comedy while attending Northwestern University, where he ran a hot dog stand and joined an improv troupe.
Mr. Meyers became an SNL cast member in 2001 and was heralded for impersonating a host of national figures and for his recurring characters.
He auditioned to co-anchor Weekend Update in 2004, but was beaten out by Amy Poehler. He stayed with the show and became its head writer when Tina Fey departed before the 2006 season.
He won his highest critical acclaim in 2008 when he wrote iconic sketches for Ms. Fey, who returned as a guest star to impersonate Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
It was Mr. Meyers who created the phrase, “I can see Russia from my house.”
He was soon in demand to host award shows.
He emceed the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards, the 66th Emmy Awards and the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
He was the keynote speaker at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, where he provoked snickers after joking about Osama bin Laden hosting a CSPAN show, even as the secret operation to kill the terrorist leader was underway.
Mr. Meyers succeeded Jimmy Fallon as host of “Late Night” in 2014.