Seth Meyers Q&A: ‘Late Night’ and ‘Documentary Now’
“I would trade it in a heartbeat, but it’s been nice to have built this infrastructure for our show that can react to things that happen every day,” reveals Seth Meyers during our recent chat (watch the exclusive video above) about the success of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the wake of Donald Trump‘s election. Meyers’ NBC talk show has become known for its “A Closer Look” segments, which turn a critical and satiric eye on the former reality show host’s growing pains in the Presidency. He adds, “Who knows how long this will last, how long people will have this thirst for the day-to-day of it, but I’m just glad we have the ability to address it.”
We also spoke about “Documentary Now!,” the IFC series he co-created with “Saturday Night Live” alums Fred Armisen and Bill Hader that parodies famous non-fiction films, including “Grey Gardens,” “The War Room,” and “Salesman.” “All we ever wanted with this show was to make the kind of show that we would have loved to watch,” he divulges. Knowing their audience would be selective allows them, “to really shave down and say, Hey, there’s this group of people that are going to watch this show, and it’s going to be really special to them, so let’s only ever aim for them.” The first season received an Emmy nomination for Best Variety Sketch Series in 2016.
Meyers won an Emmy in 2011 for Best Music and Lyrics for “Saturday Night Live,” contending once more in that category in 2012. The late night staple reaped him further bids for Best Variety Series Writing in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. He has also competed for Best Variety Special Writing for “The Women of SNL” in 2011, “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday” and the 70th Annual Golden Globes in 2013, the 71st Annual Golden Globes in 2014, and “Saturday Night Live: The 40th Anniversary Special” and the 72nd Annual Golden Globes in 2015.