January 31, 2014 8:00am PT by Aaron Couch
Seth Meyers' Best 'Saturday Night Live' Moments (Video)
It's a sad weekend for Saturday Night Live fans, with mainstay Seth Meyers preparing to bid farewell to the show he joined in 2001.
The Weekend Update co-anchor and writer says goodbye to SNL Saturday so he can take over Late Night beginning Feb. 24. Before he goes, it's time to look back at some of his finest moments -- onscreen and behind the scenes as a writer.
Meyers' take on surprise vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin helped put SNL at the center of the national conversation surrounding the 2008 presidential election. Below, Tina Fey (Palin) and Amy Poehler (Hillary Clinton) give a joint press conference -- with Fey uttering the famous phrase, "I can see Russia from my house."
Louis C.K. as Lincoln
Comedy worlds collided when Louis C.K. hosted SNL in 2012, with by far the most memorable part of the night being C.K. playing Abraham Lincoln. Meyers reimagined the 16th president in the style of C.K.'s FX show Louie. The sketch began with Lincoln awkwardly trying to befriend a recently emancipated slave (Kenan Thompson) and ended with him sympathizing with the detective who'd have to solve his inevitable murder: "Who might have done it? Oh I don't know -- everyone from the middle of the country down?"
History of Punk
What's less punk than liking Margaret Thatcher? Meyers conceived of a punk rocker (Fred Armisen) who hated everything, but loved the conservative former British prime minister, much to the chagrin of his bandmates.
Girls Parody with Tina Fey
SNL kicked off its latest season with a Tina Fey-hosted episode. The highlight, written by Meyers, came when Fey lampooned HBO's Girls, playing an Albanian refuge whose life-and-death struggles put the spotlight on the minutia the show's characters focus on. Girls creator Lena Dunham gave the sketch her approval, calling it "a true honor."
Really!?! with Seth and Amy
We have The Daily Show and Colbert Report to point out the absurdities of the political process Monday through Thursday. But "Really!?! With Seth and Amy" brought its own disarming brand of political commentary to SNL. These two were so charming, it was kind of hard to disagree with them.
Scene kid (and terrible tour guide) Stefon frustrated Meyers for years on Weekend Update with his obscure recommendations for what to do in New York. But during last year's season finale, the pair's true feelings came out in an epic take on The Graduate.
Darrell's House with Zach Galifianakis
When the two-part, high concept sketch with Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm aired, it cemented itself as among the most ambitious of the 2012-13 season. Although it's more than six months old, we won't say more for fear of spoiling it for viewers who missed it the first time around.