"[Target Lady] was one of the first sketches I had written by myself, and I remember I was so terrified to put it up, because I thought, “Oh god. Is this stupid? Am I going to make an ass out of myself?” I was so scared. It was based on a woman in the Burbank Target, I think. She didn’t walk away during ringing me up or anything but it was a terrible wait. It was a little bit of her voice so I just kind of went with it and exaggerated it and created this woman."
Seth Meyers is the best listener on television. To see the proof, watch him every night on his new show, Late Night With Seth Meyers. His ability to connect his big-picture brain with his compassionate attention to detail makes him a great host and a loyal friend. He is a sharp performer and superior writer. But his biggest talent is the delight he takes in helping others look good. At Saturday Night Live, Seth spent 13 years making sure the comedy sausage was delivered on time. Sometimes it was delicious; other times it was tough. But he always knew what the show needed to make it edible. Often it needed him on Weekend Update, as a fake anchor delivering real news. Late Night needs him now, and we are lucky he has arrived. It’s a brutal business, this late-night game. Thankfully the new kid in town is an old pro with a kind set of eyes and the skills to pay the bills. [Note to TIME editors: I am upset with Seth for complaining our recent dinner went on too long, so please take him off this list per my request. Thanks in advance.]