Well this is nice. In a video filled equally with humor and earnestness, several members of the Saturday Night Live family bid their last farewell to Weekend Updater and longtime cast member Seth Meyers. Appearing online in advance of the comedian’s Monday, February 24th premiere on Late Night, the 7:33-minute long video features many of the show’s cast members — new and old alike — and showcases the impact Meyers had during his time as the late night sketch show’s head writer.
Veteran cast members such as Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam, Jay Pharaoh, Nasim Pedrad, and Vanessa Bayer all sang high praises and shared fond memories with the camera, recounting sketches and fond inside jokes Meyers shared with the comedians. Even newer additions like Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Noël Wells, Brooks Whelan, and even Sasheer Zamata got in on the action, recounting their first-ever encounters with the SNL vet — some of them even wearing t-shirts with his likeness on it.
“Thank you for everything that you’ve ever done for me,” explained Moynihan while cuddling up next to a giant Incredible Hulk fist (as you do). “I feel like I am on this show partly because of you and I feel like I didn’t go insane on this show mostly because of you.” Aww shucks.
Equally as earnest and emotional was Thompson's farewell, which included several tears and a few heartfelt words regarding the duo's bond. Scamps that they are, Mooney and Bennett spent their time on camera together, playing around and goofily admitting to Meyers that they’ll miss him before Mooney realizes what the video is actually for. Several of the series’ writers are also featured — including writer/cast member Mike O’Brien — but the most charming of all might be Bayer’s adieu. Revealing that she was in an all-female sketch group in college called “Bloomers,” the comedian recounted Meyers wearing the Bloomers shirt she gave him to his very last table read in a moment of touching sincerity. What a dude.
Pedrad recounted a story of her father — who seems to be quite the Seth Meyers fan, ensuring at least one person will be tuning in regularly for their nightly dose — and his obsessive note-giving to Meyers during many an SNL after-party appearance.
Absent, interestingly enough, were several longtime female cast members, including Meyers’ Weekend Update compatriot Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, and Aidy Bryant. Colin Jost, the soon-to-be co-anchor taking over for the new Late Night host was also absent — but that may be because he’s not premiering on the series until their March 1st return with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck.