Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Meyers' Hit 'The Awesomes,' with Voices by All-Star 'SNL' Cast, Airs in Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Meyers' Hit 'The Awesomes,' with Voices by All-Star 'SNL' Cast, Airs in Canada

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Seth Meyers' hit 'The Awesomes' airs in Canada


You might say Seth Meyers is on an awesome roll.

The 40-year-old host of NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" is just coming off his well-received stint hosting "The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards." He'll be in Toronto at the end of the month to host the closing gala at the JFL42 comedy festival (Sept. 18-27). To top it all off, the animated superhero series he co-created and stars in, "The Awesomes," is finally coming to Canada. The series makes its North American television premiere Thursday on Teletoon at Night.

When does he sleep?

"You're making a point that my wife often makes," Meyers joked from his office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. The former "Saturday Night Live" head writer and Weekend Update anchor can see starting a family "in the near future" and so he's hitting the road "while I can."

"The Awesomes" is already a hit in the U.S. on Hulu, where a third season has been ordered. The comic book-inspired series follows a group of misfit superheroes who step in to replace a disbanding "Justice League"-like super team.

Meyers voices Prock, a super-smart if otherwise ordinary hero with limited powers. (His big thing is he can stop time.) He steps up to lead the group after his famous and all-powerful dad, Mr. Awesome (voiced by "The Tonight Show" announcer Steve Higgins), decides to retire.

Teletoon sent reporters an "officially licensed" action figure of Prock. "I'm not ashamed to say I'm looking at one sitting on my desk," says Meyers. When it is pointed out that the doll has a familiar, crooked grin, Meyers agrees that it is "very accurate to my own off-balanced face."

"Ages 14+" is marked on the doll packaging. "Gosh, that implies that it is anatomically correct," jokes Meyers. He says the show is aimed at adults, not the doll.

"The Awesomes," which was co-created with Meyers' "Late Night" producer Mike Shoemaker, boasts an all-star lineup of "Saturday Night Live" voices: Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan and Rachel Dratch, as well as former "SNL" writers Higgins and Emily Spivey along with current writer Paula Pell.

Meyers kids Killam is the closest he has to a Canadian in the cast; Killam is married to Vancouver native Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother").

Hader voices arch villain Dr. Giuseppe Malocchio. "We're very lucky to get him," says Meyers, who used to duel with Hader's flamboyant Stefon on the "SNL" Weekend Update desk. "As with everyone on the show he's doing us a huge favour."

Guest voices include even more "SNL" alumni, including Will Forte, Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon and Maya Rudolph.

Meyers says the idea for "The Awesomes" was cooked up several years ago. "Working at 'SNL' was a lot like working on a superhero team where everybody had different talents-slash-powers," he says. …

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