BOOM CHICAGO ALUMNI

SETH MEYERS, JORDAN PEELE AND MORE

Seth Meyers
SETH MEYERS

Seth Meyers began his career at Boom where his shows attracted the attention of Saturday Night Live scouts. He is an Emmy Award-winning writer and the star of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Seth was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, and this January, he hosted the Golden Globes to great acclaim.

In 2012, he was interviewed by Twan Huys on College Tour, which was an especially funny and insightful episode. Seth also hosted the Emmy Awards and the White House Correspondents Dinner where some say his scathing takedown of Donald Trump caused him to run for president. Seth owes us all an apology for that. He got his start at Boom Chicago where he performed and wrote for years and where he fell in love with Dutch football. Seth remains a fan of Oranje, even through these low years. His Edinburgh show for Boom Chicago Pick-ups and Hiccups (with partner Jill Benjamin) attracted the the scouts from Saturday Night Live who hired him immediately.

Seth’s Saturday Night Live career lasted 13 seasons, of which nine were as head writer. In 2011, he won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. Seth also garnered 14 additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer in television.

Seth also executive produced and lent his voice to Hulu’s animated superhero show The Awesomes, which ran for three seasons. In addition, he joined forces with SNL alums Fred Armisen and Bill Hader to create the Emmy-nominated docu-parody series Documentary Now!

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JORDAN PEELE

Jordan Peele met Keegan Michael Key at the 2002 Comedy Swap and they went on to create the influential sketch comedy show Key and Peele on Comedy Central, where Boom alums Becky Drysdale and Colton Dunn are on the writing team. Peele would then direct Get Out, one of the most influential films of 2017. His movie received four nominations at the 90th Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. Peele won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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IKE BARINHOLTZ

Ike Barinholtz acts, writes, and directs in films and TV series like Mindy Project, Suicide Squad, Bad Neighbors, Central Intelligence and Blockers. Barinholtz spent two years in Amsterdam with the famed comedy troupe Boom Chicago, along with Jordan Peele, Josh Meyers and Nicole Parker. He hosted the ‘Worst of Boom Night’ during a 10-year anniversary of the improv troupe Boom Chicago, where they performed their worst material from previous shows.

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JASON SUDEIKIS

Jason Sudeikis stars in films and series like Downsizing, Horrible Bosses, We’re the Millers, Hall Pass, Angry Birds Movie, Saturday Night Live. First, he performed at Boom Chicago.

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AMBER RUFFIN

Before performing at Boom Chicago she was a cast member at The Second City in Chicago. Amber is on the writing staff of Late Night with Seth Meyers. She has been a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers since 2014. When she joined the show, she became the first black woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the United States. In addition to Late Night, Ruffin writes on the Comedy Central show Detroiters and is a regular narrator on another Comedy Central show, Drunk History. She is also a member of RobotDown, a sketch comedy troupe.

Tami Sagher writes and stars in Inside Amy Schumer, 30 Rock, Broad City, and the film Don’t Think Twice. Colton Dunn stars in the NBC sitcom Superstore. Kay Cannon wrote the Pitch Perfect films and many TV shows.

Other successful writer-performers include Liz Cackowski and Heather Anne Campbell (SNL), Allison Silverman (Daily Show, Colbert Report), Pete Grosz (The President Show), Joe Kelly (How I Met Your Mother), and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad).

The UK smash Borderline was created by Mike Orton-Toliver (and directed by Matt Jones). Mike is also the artistic director of The Free Association, London’s premiere improvisation theater.

Greg Shapiro was Boom Chicago’s anchorman on Comedy Central News (NL) and the voice of Donald Trump in the world-wide hit Arjen Lubach video, America First, the Netherlands Second.

On Broadway, Nicole Parker starred with Martin Short in Fame Becomes Me and in Wicked. Josh Meyers (Red Oaks, The Awesomes) starred with Paul Rubens in Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Spencer Kayden co-created Urinetown and was nominated for a Tony award for Don’t Dress for Dinner.