Seth Meyers. Comedian. Host of the “Late Night Show.”Nice Jewish Boy.
Except he’s not. The comedian and newly-minted host of the Late Night Show on NBC reiterated his tribe-less status last night after receiving a Montreal Expos yarmulke from a fan.
“I’m not Jewish,” he said. “Not everybody thinks I’m Jewish, but every single Jewish person thinks that I’m Jewish. And it’s not their fault because they think that–they come to that conclusion–because of my face and my name and everything about me.”
Sometimes, things can get a little touchy: “I don’t want to say, ‘oh oh, I’m not Jewish,’ because when you say that, you sound like someone trying to get into a 1950s country club,” he said, “and I love the idea of being Jewish. And I’m very pro-Jewish, and I can prove it because I married a Jewish woman!”
So, he’s almost one of us. Let’s just hold on to that.
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
For The Last Time, Seth Meyers Is Not Jewish