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10 Things You Might Not Know About Seth Meyers

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Late Night with Seth Meyers premieres tonight—which means it’s the perfect time to learn a little bit about the Weekend Update alum. 

1. He’s a poker shark.

Meyers won the third season of Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2004. In the first game, one of his opponents was fellow SNL cast member and future Weekend Update co-host Amy Poehler. He then went on to the championship game and he beat David Cross, Steve Harris, Jeff Gordon, and Dave Navarro. Don’t expect him to brag though. He claimed, “When ‘Celebrity’ is in front of [the title], that means 'worse.'”

2. He’s from the same place as Sarah Silverman and Adam Sandler.

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Though Meyers was born in Illinois, he grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire. Sarah Silverman is also from Bedford. Adam Sandler was raised in the neighboring town, Manchester. Meyers grew up watching Adam Sandler on television and thought, “Well if that guy’s from New Hampshire and on TV, that’s probably the last guy from New Hampshire who’s going to be on TV for the next 50 years.”

3. He joked to President Obama about Osama Bin Laden the day before Bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals.

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At the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Meyers joked, “People think Bin Laden is hiding in the Hindu Kush, but did you know that every day from 4 to 5, he hosts a show on C-SPAN?” President Obama chuckled along, one day after he had ordered the raid on Bin Laden's compound that had yet to be announced.

4. He’s in Donald Trump’s book.

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Speaking of the 2011 Correspondents’ Dinner, Donald Trump was less amused by Meyers’s jokes than Obama was. In Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, Trump wrote, “A third-rate comedian named Seth Meyers (somebody who in my opinion had absolutely no talent) got up and spoke. He was nervous, shaking, and sounded like he had marbles in his mouth. He made a crack that Donald Trump’s candidacy was a joke or something to that effect.”

5. His brother was on MADtv.

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Seth’s brother, Josh Meyers, was a MADtv cast member for two years. He then went on to play Randy Pearson, Topher Grace’s replacement on the last season of That 70’s Show. Both Josh and Seth have also played love interests on The Mindy Project. Seth promoted his brother’s episode by tweeting, “My hilarious brother Josh will be hanging with @mindykaling on #TheMindyProject tonight! #Taller #BetterHair”

See Also: 10 Times Seth Meyers Cracked Up at His Own Jokes

6. He lived in Amsterdam for a year.

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After Meyers graduated from Northwestern University, he moved to Amsterdam with his brother, where they both joined Boom Chicago, an improv comedy troupe. He often cites his time working overseas as helpful, particularly in learning to avoid pop culture references as comedic crutches. Meyers’s later SNL co-star Jason Sudeikis also got his start with Boom Chicago.

7. He did impressions of Russell Crowe, Hugh Grant, and David Arquette for his SNL audition.

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Meyers auditioned for the show in 2001, which explains his impersonation picks. His first show as a cast member was the infamous post-9/11 episode.

8. He loves comics.

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Meyers is a huge fan of comic books. He has named Batman, Justice League, Hawkeye, and Locke & Key as some of his favorites. Meyers has been able to break into the superhero genre himself; he and his former SNL co-worker, Mike Shoemaker, created The Awesomes, a series that airs on Hulu.

9. He read 800 Weekend Update jokes every week.

As SNL head writer, Meyers would read jokes proposed for the upcoming episode’s Weekend Update the night before the show aired. At that time, the writers had around 800 jokes compiled for him to read through. He would then help to pick a top hundred before they would later be whittled down to a mere 20 jokes for the actual show.

10. His mom taught him French in middle school.

Hilary Meyers taught French at an elementary school in Bedford, New Hampshire for almost 30 years. Seth was one of her first students, but he wasn’t exactly a straight-A student. He once explained, “I didn’t mind having my mom as a teacher. It was really fun. I just wish I could have been a better French student.” 

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5 Things We Know About Stranger Things Season 2
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Stranger Things seemed to come out of nowhere to become one of television's standout new series in 2016. Netflix's sometimes scary, sometimes funny, and always exciting homage to '80s pop culture was a binge-worthy phenomenon when it debuted in July 2016. Of course, the streaming giant wasn't going to wait long to bring more Stranger Things to audiences, and a second season was announced a little over a month after its debut—and Netflix just announced that we'll be getting it a few days earlier than expected. Here are five key things we know about the show's sophomore season, which kicks off on October 27.

1. WE'LL BE GETTING EVEN MORE EPISODES.

The first season of Stranger Things consisted of eight hour-long episodes, which proved to be a solid length for the story Matt and Ross Duffer wanted to tell. While season two won't increase in length dramatically, we will be getting at least one extra hour when the show returns in 2017 with nine episodes. Not much is known about any of these episodes, but we do know the titles:

"Madmax"
"The Boy Who Came Back To Life"
"The Pumpkin Patch"
"The Palace"
"The Storm"
"The Pollywog"
"The Secret Cabin"
"The Brain"
"The Lost Brother"

There's a lot of speculation about what each title means and, as usual with Stranger Things, there's probably a reason for each one.

2. THE KIDS ARE RETURNING (INCLUDING ELEVEN).

Stranger Things fans should gear up for plenty of new developments in season two, but that doesn't mean your favorite characters aren't returning. A November 4 photo sent out by the show's Twitter account revealed most of the kids from the first season will be back in 2017, including the enigmatic Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown (the #elevenisback hashtag used by series regular Finn Wolfhard should really drive the point home):

3. THE SHOW'S 1984 SETTING WILL LEAD TO A DARKER TONE.

A year will have passed between the first and second seasons of the show, allowing the Duffer brothers to catch up with a familiar cast of characters that has matured since we last saw them. With the story taking place in 1984, the brothers are looking at the pop culture zeitgeist at the time for inspiration—most notably the darker tone of blockbusters like Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

"I actually really love Temple of Doom, I love that it gets a little darker and weirder from Raiders, I like that it feels very different than Raiders did," Matt Duffer told IGN. "Even though it was probably slammed at the time—obviously now people look back on it fondly, but it messed up a lot of kids, and I love that about that film—that it really traumatized some children. Not saying that we want to traumatize children, just that we want to get a little darker and weirder."

4. IT'S NOT SO MUCH A CONTINUATION AS IT IS A SEQUEL.

When you watch something like The Americans season two, it's almost impossible to catch on unless you've seen the previous episodes. Stranger Things season two will differ from the modern TV approach by being more of a sequel than a continuation of the first year. That means a more self-contained plot that doesn't leave viewers hanging at the end of nine episodes.

"There are lingering questions, but the idea with Season 2 is there's a new tension and the goal is can the characters resolve that tension by the end," Ross Duffer told IGN. "So it's going to be its own sort of complete little movie, very much in the way that Season 1 is."

Don't worry about the two seasons of Stranger Things being too similar or too different from the original, though, because when speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the influences on the show, Matt Duffer said, "I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he’s brilliant. And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”

5. THE PREMIERE WILL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF HAWKINS.

Everything about the new Stranger Things episodes will be kept secret until they finally debut later this year, but we do know one thing about the premiere: It won't take place entirely in the familiar town of Hawkins, Indiana. “We will venture a little bit outside of Hawkins,” Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly. “I will say the opening scene [of the premiere] does not take place in Hawkins.”

So, should we take "a little bit outside" as literally as it sounds? You certainly can, but in that same interview, the brothers also said they're both eager to explore the Upside Down, the alternate dimension from the first season. Whether the season kicks off just a few miles away, or a few worlds away, you'll get your answer when Stranger Things's second season debuts next month.

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Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in October
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Netflix subscribers are already counting down the days until the premiere of the new season of Stranger Things. But, as always, in order to make room for the near-90 new titles making their way to the streaming site, some of your favorite titles—including all of 30 Rock, The Wonder Years, and Malcolm in the Middle—must go. Here’s everything that’s leaving Netflix in October ... binge ‘em while you can!

October 1

30 Rock (Seasons 1-7)

A Love in Times of Selfies

Across the Universe

Barton Fink

Bella

Big Daddy

Carousel

Cradle 2 the Grave

Crafting a Nation

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Daddy’s Little Girls

Dark Was the Night

David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (Season 1)

Day of the Kamikaze

Death Beach

Dowry Law

Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief

Friday Night Lights (Seasons 1-5)

Happy Feet

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Hellboy

Kagemusha

Laura

Love Actually

Malcolm in the Middle (Seasons 1-7)

Max Dugan Returns

Millennium 

Million Dollar Baby

Mortal Combat

Mr. 3000

Mulholland Dr.

My Father the Hero

My Name Is Earl (Seasons 1-4)

One Tree Hill (Seasons 1-9)

Patton

Picture This

Prison Break (Seasons 1-4)

The Bernie Mac Show (Seasons 1-5)

The Shining

The Wonder Years (Seasons 1-6)

Titanic

October 19

The Cleveland Show (Seasons 1-4)

October 21

Bones (Seasons 5-11)

October 27

Lie to Me (Seasons 2-3)

Louie (Seasons 1-5)

Hot Transylvania 2

October 29

Family Guy (Seasons 9-14)

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