Tuesday, February 21, 2012
SNL’s Seth Meyers deadpans his way to a
standing ovation at Singletary Center show
Seats were filled to the rafters and the Singletary Center’s concert hall was packed to capacity as comedian and Saturday Night Live mainstay Seth Meyers took the stage.
The evening of laughs was tragically interrupted by a fracas of biblical proportions, though, as Meyers went on to deliver a 90-minute set — it was then that audience members realized he was in fact not the opening act for comedian Carrot Top, but was instead the evening’s headliner.
There were no survivors.
Meyers is known for his deadpan delivery of satirical news updates (kind of like the one above, which was a joke. Everyone’s fine, I promise) on the Weekend Update segment of SNL. He took the stage Monday night at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center and the house was indeed packed to capacity.
The show was sold out long before opening night, which caused many people to leave disappointed and ticketless.
Meyers focused a lot of his set on politics and other topical subjects (with a few jokes about UK basketball and Lexington sprinkled in).
Definitely not for children or grownups with delicate sensibilities, the show included more than a couple F-bombs and at one point Meyers read fake news headlines a la Weekend Update — before he did, though, he added a caveat saying, “These are the ones the censors wouldn’t let us air.”
And of course, let’s not forget the fart jokes.
Meyers also landed a few zingers when talking about the two years he lived in Amsterdam. He really enjoyed it, but “it’s not for the reason you think,” he deadpanned. “It’s because weed is legal there.”
As an American living overseas at that point in his life, Meyers joked about how bad he is with foreign languages. His mother was a middle school French teacher (at one point, she was Meyers’ middle school French teacher), but the language just didn’t stick.
If he someone tried to kill him while in France, “I would be able to introduce myself and ask my killer how he was,” Meyers said.
Finishing up the show, Meyers gave the audience a tip about air travel at Blue Grass Airport. The moment the plane’s wheels touch the runway, you need to get up and say, “Welcome to Lexington!” loud enough for the entire plane to hear, he said. And when the steward/stewardess gets on the intercom and says, “We’d like to be the first ones to say welcome to Lexington,” you’ll know you were the first, not them.
Cue “Yes!” victory pose and a boisterous standing ovation from the audience.