Friday, July 15, 2011 The Step Saver/ The Observer To advertise, call (860) 628-9645 21 ESPYs host Seth Myers salutes the best athletes, even if he isn’t one of them ‘SNL’ comic mer Boston Red Sox/ New York Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens as one of his “He’s more outrageous (than anyone else),” said Myers of Barkley. “He’s been hosts Bristol sports heroes. And if not baseball, said Myers, he’s so outrageous, no one is surprised by anything the up for glory in “any other man says.” sports network’s sport where contact was minimal, like tennis, where Myers also recently hosted the White House award show somebody couldn’t hit you.” This was Myers second Correspondents Association dinner, where President Barack Obama By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR year hosting the annual was among the guests and ESPN awards show, which speakers. “Saturday Night Live’s” was held in Los Angeles at Myers was asked who Seth Myers was set to pay the Nokia Theater. was more intimidating to tribute to the best in sports Myers said he was mock, professional athletes moments on Wednesday more than happy to return or the president. “Obama is when he hosted ESPN’s for a sophomore venture. more intimidating,” said annual ESPYs. “It’s different from other Myers. “The athletes can But, during a national award shows,” said Myers. probably hurt me, but telephone conference call Due to the way the awards Obama has the power of last Thursday about the are handled, the winners the IRS.” Bristol-based network’s are announced before air Myers also said politi- award program, Myers said time. “You already know the cians are definitely a when he was growing up in thing you wanted to win is tougher comedy crowd New Hampshire— and yours.” than professional athletes. playing sports in high Press materials for the “(Politicians) take them- school— there weren’t a lot ESPYs explain the awards selves seriously,” said of magnificent sports “gather top celebrities from Myers. “Athletes are more moments in his own life. sports and entertainment ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Seth Myers hosted Wednesday’s annual ESPYs awards held fun-loving… They laugh if “I didn’t have many to commemorate the past by ESPN. it’s funny.” good sports memories,” year in sports by recogniz- As a comic and a com- said Myers, whose day gig ing major sports achieve- winners in most of the cat- Cleveland to Miami into his the funniest, he gave the edy writer, Myers was asked these days is anchoring ments, reliving unforget- egories. routine. nod to Peyton Manning, the how he knows whether or “Weekend Update” on table moments and salut- At other awards shows, Even though he had 12 quarterback of the not a joke he quips about “SNL”. Meyers said he was ing the leading performers such as the Oscars or months of sports activities Indianapolis Colts. “It’s no an athlete—or anyone—is on high school’s track team. and performances. The Grammys, you don’t know to chose from for his surprise, he’s in so many too mean-spirited. Myers But the best memory he 2011 ESPYs will recognize till that night who won or monologue and humorous commercials,” said Myers, noted he usually writes his had from that venture was both sport-specific achieve- didn’t win, said Myers. bits for the program, and who met the QB on the set bits, such as the ones he actually finishing a race— ments, such as ‘Best MLB “Eighty percent of the audi- he still had a week to go of “Saturday Night Live” gave at Wednesday night’s once or twice. Player’ and ‘Best WNBA ence leaves disappointed,” before air time when he when Manning hosted. ESPY’s—with a team of However, if Myers Player,’ and best-in-sport said Myers. was interviewed, Myers “He’s one of the funniest writers. “If one writer thinks could be up for his own winners, such as ‘Best The comic hosted for said, “Any athlete who guys. He was great on it’s mean-spirited, it is,” ESPY award, what sport Team’ or ‘Best Female the first time last year, and wants to have a sex scandal ‘SNL.’” said Myers. That said, as a would he like to be remem- Athlete’ that pit nominees in his time on stage he this week, it would be That said, Myers felt comedy writer, you’re bered for? from different sports worked in jokes about Tiger great.” that former NBA great always shooting for “the “Probably baseball,” against each other.” Woods’ sex scandal and When it comes to what Charles Barkley “may be the line.” And sometimes, he said Myers, who cited for- Fans determine the LeBron James’ move from sports figure Myers feels is most fun to talk to.” said, you cross it. MIKE CHAIKEN Watching ‘Legends’ perform The latest installment of ‘Legends in Concert’ is now playing at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The July edition of the show features tributes to Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Liberace, Cher, and Michael Jackson. The show, which is completely live, runs now through Sept. 4 at Foxwood Resort Casino’s Fox Theater. Performances are 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, with Wednesday matinees at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. For more information and tickets, call 1-800-200-2882 or go to Foxwoods.com. From the left, Tyler Hunter portrays Elvis Presley; Katie Murdock is Britney Spears, and Damian Brantley is Michael Jackson.
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