Seth Meyers mining LeBron’s future for laughs
Like a lot of other folks, Seth Meyers is waiting to learn where
LeBron James is going to play basketball next season.
But Meyers’ interest is purely for laughs. The host of “Weekend
Update” on “Saturday Night Live” is mining the drama over James’
decision for some comic nuggets to use when Meyers hosts the ESPY
The annual show honoring the year’s best sports moments airs
live on ESPN on July 14 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
“I really like the idea of an entire hour of television being
dedicated to a person naming one team,” Meyers joked Wednesday.
“That’s really exciting.”
James is expected to announce his future destination in an
hour-long special airing Thursday night on ESPN.
Although James’ decision will be known by the time of the ESPYS,
Meyers said, “We can make jokes about how it happened.”
With James and several other high-profile NBA free agents
considering switching teams, Meyers said it’s had an effect on the
“We had written a huge opening musical number, `Everyone Is
Playing for the Chicago Bulls,’ and it’s already completely
obsolete,” he said.
Meyers presented at last year’s ESPYs, and is hosting for the
“What I’m most anxious about is, I’ve certainly joked about
athletes before but never when they’re actually physically there,”
Following an ESPYs tradition, Meyers has pretaped comedy bits
with some athletes.
“They are hilarious,” he promised. “I went to the best sports
show host ever, and I asked Peyton Manning for a favor. The
athletes are always very game.”
Among the scheduled presenters are Will Ferrell, singer Kenny
Chesney, former ESPYs host Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Danica
Patrick, Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, and actor Zac Efron.