Seth Meyers’s first Netflix stand-up special, Lobby Baby, is a tribute to his wife, who famously gave birth to their baby in the lobby of their apartment building. The late-night host, who often makes a special point of letting his female staffers speak for themselves, rather than simply relaying their observations, has been celebrated for his inclusiveness, which extends to his family and especially his wife.
In Lobby Baby, the comedian not only recounts that momentous occasion when his wife gave birth in the foyer of their apartment building but also celebrates womanhood, much in the same way that other men who value the women beside them do. Known as ‘wife guys,’ these men aren’t simply content to applaud their wives’ achievements, but rather recognize that being a woman, wife and mother is as challenging as it gets. Other examples include Serena Williams’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, who not only cheers his wife on and off the court but also defends her honor if need be.
Meyers, meanwhile, doesn’t condescendingly celebrate his wife’s multitasking but appears to be sincerely in awe of it. In Lobby Baby, he discusses the birth of his second son in which his wife was the hero of the story as firefighters and doormen stood idly by while she bravely dealt with the pain and embarrassment while giving birth in the entrance to a New York City apartment building.
Given that he’s a comedian, it’s not surprising that Meyers finds the humor in even the most distressing situations, such as his wedding day when his wife was ill and he admits that he was no help at all.
Meyers, 45, born in Evanston, Illinois, was raised in Okemos, Michigan, from four to ten years of age, and then in Bedford, New Hampshire. He graduated in 1996 from Northwestern University in Evanston and joined the Saturday Night Live cast in 2001, where he was a co-head writer, along with Tina Fey and Andrew Steele. After co-anchoring Weekend Update on SNL, he became the new host of Late Night in 2014, succeeding Jimmy Fallon.