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Late-night Lessons with Seth Meyers

Written by Lewis Kendall

Seth Meyers performs at IC's A&E Center
What happens when late-night comedian Seth Meyers teaches your college class? About 200 Ithaca College students found out when Meyers guest-lectured in a minicourse titled Intersection of Politics and Comedy. The course explored satirical television programming and its use of humor to poke fun at mainstream media and political discourse.
In his lecture, Meyers spoke about his transition from Saturday Night Live to NBC’s Late Night — emphasizing the difference between working with a large team and hosting a show alone. He answered questions from students interested in potential careers in satirical news and, later that night, gave a stand-up performance to more than 4,000 IC students, staff, and community members.
“As someone who wants to work in late-night comedy, this was a key class for my future aspirations,” said Ben Ratner ’14, who interned for the Conan show last year. “It was one of the most exciting things I’ve gotten to be a part of in my four years here.”



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