Seth Meyers' best 'Saturday Night Live' moments

Seth Meyers on SNL's

Seth Meyers on SNL's "Weekend Update".

Marianne Dowling, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

The Seth Meyers era is nearly over.

After 13 seasons - nine of them as head writer and host of Weekend Update - the comic is moving on to host Late Night and presumably, enjoy weekends off with his new wife.

As host of Weekend Update, Meyers was never flashy, and didn’t have any goofy catchphrases, but his mock news segment was the most consistently funny five minutes of the show, and his writing was behind some of the last decade’s most memorable political sketches.

One thing is for sure, his replacement, head writer Colin Jost, has a very big chair to fill.

Here are Seth Meyers’ best SNL moments:

When he married Stefon

Weekend Update’s effeminate "city correspondent" Stefon (Bill Hader) begged and pleaded for Meyer’s attention for three whole seasons before his dream finally came true on May 18, 2013. In a pre-taped segment, Meyers ran off the Update set to interrupt the club kid’s wedding to CNN’s Anderson Cooper by knocking the newsman unconscious at the altar. The new couple returned to the studio hand-in-hand before Meyers signed off with his new hubby "Stefon Meyers."

When he played Dan Needler

Before Meyers joined Weekend Update, he was just a regular-Joe cast member, trudging it out week after week trying to get his mug into sketches. While he has admitted he was never as talented as his cast mates, he shined as Dan Needler, one half of "The Couple That Should Be Divorced," along with pal Amy Poehler. The two played a toxic couple that hurled sarcastic, searing insults at each other at dinner parties, making everyone around them prefer a date in hell than an evening with the Needlers.

When he consoled Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate is a talented comedian, writer, actress, and author - but many people remember her as the girl who accidentally dropped the F-bomb live from New York during her first show in 2009. At the end credits, Meyers hugged Slate onstage like a protective big brother, comforting a rookie comic during what must have been a very uncertain time for her. While Slate was fired at the end of the season (no one knows for sure if the swear was the deciding factor) that moment onstage showed Meyers as a classy, sweet guy who looked out for his colleagues. Clearly, he's the guy you'd want with you at an HR meeting right after the pink slip comes.

Those Sarah Palin sketches

Lines like "I can see Russia from my house" might have shot Tina Fey into the stratosphere with her spot-on Sarah Palin impersonation during the 2008 presidential campaign, but guess what? Meyers wrote most of those jokes. Always the modest team player, he stayed behind the scenes, praised Fey for her outstanding performance and sneaked back to the stale pizza in the writer’s room.

The 'Really !?!' segments

With a perfect mix of sarcasm, incredulity and common sense, Meyers obliterated dumb celebrities and politicians with his "Really!?!" segments, an Update favourite he once shared with former co-host Poehler. A typical "Really!?!" involved Meyers repeating some boneheaded move, like, say the time NFL quarterback Michael Vick was caught by airport security for allegedly trying to smuggle pot onto a plane. He’d say "Really!?!" and list all the reasons that celebrity was the stupidest person on the planet. Not surprisingly, there was never a shortage of material.

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Marianne.dowling@sunmedia.ca


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