Meyers parties with Northeastern frat boys

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / September 29, 2009

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Can you spot “Saturday Night Live’’ star Seth Meyers in this crowd of Northeastern University Kappa Sigmas? Yes, he’s the one in the middle - the guy who looks like he’s 35 years old (because he is). Meyers, a native of Bedford, N.H., headlined the frat’s 7th Annual Comedy Night at Blackman Auditorium on Sunday, just one night after he appeared on the “SNL’’ season premiere with host Megan Fox. Meyers didn’t go to Northeastern - he attended Northwestern - but he seemed right at home cracking jokes to the sold-out, Boston crowd about drunk eBay shopping and backstage antics at “SNL.’’ Previous Kappa Sigma Comedy Night headliners include Jay Mohr, Sarah Silverman, and Bob Saget. . . . In other “SNL’’ news, executive producer Lorne Michaels has told the Washington Post that he won’t be firing new cast member and Milton native Jenny Slate for accidentally saying the F-word instead of “frickin’ ’’ on live TV over the weekend. Michaels told the Post: “The pain that Jenny is going through is, I’m sure, considerably worse than that experienced by anybody who saw it.’’

Flutie benefit a runway hit
Heisman hero Doug Flutie and wife Laurie were at Bond the other night to see their daughter Alexa sashay down the runway in fashions from Stil. Proceeds from the event sponsored by I Soci Salon benefited the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Also there were Channel 7 anchor Frances Rivera with her mom and NESN’s Jayme Parker.

Ryan loses game, scores a deal
Former BC quarterback Matt Ryan didn’t leave Boston empty-handed. A day after the Falcons were pummeled by the Pats, Ryan landed an endorsement deal with Gillette. The company announced yesterday that new ads for its Fusion razor will feature Ryan. . . . Just as Joe Perry is starting to promote his solo CD, there’s word of an Aerosmith show - in Abu Dhabi. Flash Entertainment said yesterday that Beyoncé and the bad boys from Boston will open and close the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend next month.

Hynde: Save the frogs
PETA-loving Pretender Chrissie Hynde is protesting a product sold by the Merrimack, N.H.-based Brookstone. The rocker is railing against the store’s Frog-O-Sphere, a plastic aquarium containing aquatic frogs, a bamboo plant, and a snail. “Foot massagers and grill equipment can live quite happily in boxes; animals cannot,’’ Hynde wrote in a letter to Brookstone CEO Philip Roizin. “Customers have reported that the animals are languishing on store shelves and that they often die slow, miserable deaths.’’ Calls to Brookstone’s headquarters were not returned.

Around town
Sox owner John Henry and wife Linda Pizzuti dined with chairman Tom Werner at Bricco the other night. . . . A-list actor Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes had dinner at Sonsie Sunday. TomKat, sans daughter Suri, noshed on chef Bill Poirier’s burgers with cheddar cheese, brioche, cornichons, and pommes frites. Cruise and costar Cameron Diaz were back at work yesterday, shooting scenes at the Boston Fire Museum on Congress Street.

C’s cheer on Pats
Better late than never, Morton’s the Steakhouse at the Seaport kicked off the football season Sunday with a sweet tailgate party, serving up shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell, chicken wings, burgers, and fries. Among those stopping by were Celtics Rajon Rondo and Lester Hudson.

Bowling with B’s star
Bruin Patrice Bergeron hosted a party at Jillian’s for children from Mass. General’s center for pediatric cancer, Children’s Hospital, and the Oak Square YMCA. Patrice’s pals played games, ate, and chatted with the B’s star.

Columnist Carr cited after automobile crash
Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr is apparently OK after crashing his car into a telephone pole in Wellesley at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. According to police, the 57-year-old scribe and WRKO talk-show host was driving south on Wellesley Avenue, between Oakland and Forest streets, when his 2004 Acura crossed into the oncoming lane, hit a curb, and slammed into a telephone pole. Wellesley Police Sergeant Marie Cleary said Carr refused medical treatment and the car had to be towed. (The pole was split in half.) Carr, who likes to poke fun at driving mishaps involving the elderly and pol Patrick Kennedy, was cited for a marked-lane violation. “There were no signs of alcohol or anything suspicious of that nature,’’ Cleary told us yesterday. “It’s a windy road there. I’m not sure if he was distracted for a moment.’’ Cops couldn’t say whether Carr was talking on a cellphone or texting at the time of the accident. The ’RKO yakker did not return a phone call yesterday.

Hamm a ‘Mad’ shopper
One of our spies caught Jon Hamm buying two copies of “Mad Men’’ on DVD at the Borders on Boylston Street over the weekend. “You’ve got me in a dork moment,’’ Hamm said, once he realized he’d been spotted buying his own show. For the record, Hamm said the DVDs were gifts. No word on why Hamm can’t get copies of “Mad Men’’ for free, but we give him credit for stimulating the local economy while he’s in the Hub. Hamm, who plays Don Draper on the AMC hit “Mad Men,’’ is in Boston to costar in Ben Affleck’s bank robber thriller “The Town’’ based on Chuck Hogan’s novel “Prince of Thieves.’’ Hamm plays an FBI agent out to get Affleck and his gang. The cast spent much of last week filming scenes around Fenway Park. Hamm was also spotted with his longtime girlfriend, “Kissing Jessica Stein’’ actress Jennifer Westfeldt, at the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro yesterday.

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