Seth Meyers makes us laugh, cry and pee our pants

Margaret Eby

On Tuesday, March 26, Seth Meyers came to Millikin, and I will gladly and unabashedly say that I almost peed my tights. Having only previously seem him on SNL’s Weekend Update and other various sketches, I was unsure of what to expect.

Would it be an hour and a half of hilarious political and pop culture one-liners? Would he be playing characters? Would he absolutely no good at stand up at all? As it turned out, he’s a quirky smooth talker whose comedy spans from futons to global economy to living abroad (a subject that, I’m sure, hit especially close to home for some Millikin students…I’m talking to you, Londoners) to jokes that he wasn’t allowed to tell on Weekend Update.

Thankfully, he’s one of those comics who doesn’t feel like he must dumb down his comedy for an audience. He tells intelligent jokes about current world events, but then manages to bring down the house with some crazy story about smoking weed in Amsterdam (obvious brownie points — pun intended — with college students everywhere).

Within the tradition of satire, he had multiple bits about Greece and Cyprus’s economy, Germany’s historic and current political history, the Catholic church, and somehow made us all believe that George Bush is still relevant. In the mix of comedy showing that he’s hyper-aware of current events, making light of issues and events we face as an American people, he never failed to bring it home with lines like, he never failed to bring himself back to earth with witty and awkward stories of wanting nothing more than Obama to think he’s cool.

And with self-deprecating jokes like thinking that the sound of the reaction a person has when they see a woman hit by a car is the sound they make when they see him, or lying about his age by 12 years and still being twice as old as his Xbox Live opponent, he was irresistibly relatable. Meyers was this handsome amalgamation of suave smart-a** and quirky nerd, with a dash of devastating cool on top.

Having to stand out against a backdrop of Jay Leno, Mo’Nique, and even Bill Cosby as past Goodheart Event guests, Meyers didn’t just fill such large shoes. He filled the suit, tie and energy of what the Goodheart is meant to be. Not only did he deliver an intelligent, down-to-earth performance, he gave his almost sold out Millikin audience a look into SNL’s whoa-that could-be-a-bit-much pile — telling us quite a few jokes that had been censored off the show. While I’m sure he lets all of his audiences in on these jokes, there’s still something to be said for the feeling of being let in on these ultimate inside jokes.

With these and a Q&A from the audience after the show, he had the audience hook, line and sinker. And with this comedy, he had us laughing, crying, and inevitably running to our French foreign exchange students and asking them to make a futon sound romantic.