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Seth Meyers

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Meyers has now passed Dennis Miller as the longest serving anchor in the history of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update. (He did the fake news segment with Amy Poehler from 2006 to 2009, and solo since then.) His ability to thrive in that famously high-stress gig might also be a secret of his comedy – an easy-going version of political satire that stands out for its amiability, especially in this ranty era. The Sarah Palin sketches Meyers wrote with Tina Fey during the 2008 presidential campaign managed to be trenchant without being mean-spirited, and his treatment of Mitt Romney this time around was similarly fair and balanced: "The 14 percent tax rate Romney paid is less than the 20 percent paid by the average American. How does he pay such a low rate? He claims 47 percent of Americans as dependents." He might also have the best comedic timing in the business; at the 2011 White House Correspondents dinner he made a joke about Osama bin Laden's hideout at the very moment U.S. forces were beginning the operation that captured the al-Qaeda leader. Impeccable!

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