'Late Night' host Seth Meyers raised on Black & Gold


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Seth Meyers has a self-proclaimed Steelers obsession. As a teenager living in New Hampshire, he used his allowance to subscribe to the Post-Gazette just so he could read about his favorite team. Of course, it took three days to get to him.

"This was pre-Internet. That's how dumb it was," Mr. Meyers said, noting that his father, Lawrence, grew up in Pittsburgh and instilled in his two sons a love of the city and the Steelers at a young age.

During a visit here Friday to promote his new NBC show, "Late Night With Seth Meyers," Mr. Meyers said he had been pleasantly surprised by his easy transition from "Saturday Night Live" to daily, late-night TV.

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"It's nice to do a show every night because your learning curve's a lot faster, unlike SNL where you have to wait a whole week to have a chance to do it," he said.

In three months, he's already done about two years worth of SNL shows.

"The biggest challenge is trying to come up with different ways to do a format that's been around for so long."

His secret is hiring writers with little experience.

"Part of their no experience has made the ideas they come up with ideas that no one's really had before, because no one knows what they're doing."

Of course, the jokes sometimes fall flat, but Mr. Meyers sees an upside to that.

"I feel like we're starting to find things that work and things that don't. It's such a collective effort when you have a show like this. ...

"We're all sort of working together to get this right. Part of the nirvana is knowing you'll never get it perfect, but we'll all keep trying together."


Kate Mishkin: kmishkin@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1352.

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