Most people spend their summer vacation by the beach. Seth Meyers prefers to get some work done.
The Saturday Night Live star/head writer deftly filled in as co-host on Live! this past week with Kelly Ripa, as he has done occasionally over the years. Always a fun time, even though it’s opposite from his nightside gig.
“I woke up earlier than usual, but I’ve got residual energy, that Kelly Ripa energy,” Meyers said after Wednesday’s show. “There’s no one who’s sort of better at their job than she is at hers. She’s just a delight.”
Doesn’t sound like Live! is a steady thing. It’s been rumored that the comedian, who plays the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Thursday, is in the running to be the next Regis Philbin (singer Josh Groban and NY Giants player Michael Strahan are also in the mix).
“I’m excited to get back to work in September at SNL,” says Meyers, who’s been with the NBC stalwart since 2001. “I’m definitely happy that my full-time job [is at] night.”
Meyers, 38, actually prefers to grab shut-eye during the day. “The key is you don’t want to see me in the afternoon. That’s my blind spot,” he jokes. “I’m like a world-class napper. People have pointed out that out: ‘That wasn’t a nap. That was you just having a full night’s sleep in the afternoon.”
Meyers, originally from the Chicago area, is one of those lucky people able to relax at will. “I can fall asleep anywhere and anytime, which is very helpful when you’re exhausted. I’ll roll up a sweatshirt and put my head under my desk and curl up and go to sleep for like an hour. It’s very George Costanza-esque.”
This has been a point of contention with his girlfriend, lawyer Alexi Ashe.
“She can’t sleep. When I talk about how easy it is for me, she just gets disgusted.”
Miami will be a nice change from Gotham’s recent heat wave. “At some point in New York in the summer you have to embrace it. I’ll be like, ‘I’m gonna go outside, and in two minutes I’m going to be soaked to the skin.’ That’s the life I chose for myself.”
As for his standup act, it’ll be politically driven, with a dash of the unknown, depending on the vibe of the crowd. “There will be a little give and take. I come from an improv background so you try to stay nimble.”
As for other summer plans, Meyers plans to hang out with his castmates, especially Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, who won’t be returning.
“We’re going to miss them so much,’’ he says of his pals. “We all have the best time. Obviously what you want from your friends is people you can talk to and laugh with. So we do pretty well in that category.”
Being on SNL is a bonding experience.
“Everyone’s who’s worked on it, you have this connection to. Even if you don’t get along with a person that well, they still sort of feel like second cousins.”
Don’t look for Meyers mugging for the big screen (though it’s hard to forget his hilarious cameo as an amorous cab passenger in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). “I like to write and maybe direct one day, but I’ve realized over the years I’m a lot better being Seth Meyers than I am being other people.”
Info for Thursday’s 9 p.m. show: Pavilion at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek; 954-977-6700; Seminolecasinococonutcreek.com.