AUSTIN — Seth Meyers is a lot funnier than you’d think, and chances are you probably already find the affable, devastatingly handsome host of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update pretty damn funny. The Austin audience in attendance at Thursday night’s Moontower Comedy Fest would most likely be happy and willing to confirm this fact: one breathless lady patron even exclaimed “Oh, my, god, I am IN LOVE with Seth Meyers now!” to me upon exiting the theater.
Having never witnessed the man in stand-up mode before, (quite literally, as he is frequently to be found straddling the Update chair while serving up punch lines) my expectations altered somewhere between idle curiosity and speculative amusement. Sure, we all love him on SNL, but how would he fair without the protective security of a writing team and cue card stack? The answer, as it turns out, is spectacularly.
Belying an easy, natural congeniality that many comedians would pay personality coaches to perfect, Meyers opened with some lighthearted, Austin-centric chit chat that quickly developed into that rapid-fire topicality of which he’s so well known. Interspersed between jabs at the GOP primary circus, including a few well-placed potshots aimed at Texas governor Rick Perry (“we all thought he’d be Bush 2.0, but it turns out he’s just Bush 0.5”), were a number of personal anecdotes on subjects as wide ranging as tourist picture taking ineptitude, the European Union debt crisis and several awkward encounters with President Obama. Best of all were the discarded (read: censored) Weekend Update jokes that Meyers delivered in closing – a savory, hilarious treat for devotees of that hallowed comedy institution.
Rather than chanting “four more years!” at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, I’d like to posit that we try “four more Meyers!” instead. Because, oh my gawd, I am SO in love with Seth Meyers now.