Ahead of their second season premiere on August 18th, the cast and creators of “Documentary Now!” were on hand for a Q&A with prospective Emmy voters Friday night. Gold Derby was on the red carpet at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Beverly Hills and snagged interviews with stars Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, as well as executive producer Seth Meyers. These three men co-created the mockumentary series with “Saturday Night Live” producer Rhys Thomas.
Each episode of the IFC show satirizes a classic documentary, meticulously recreating their unique styles. Parodies range from the Mayles Brothers’ “Grey Gardens” (1975) to Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line” (1988). Both Armisen and Hader will be on the Emmy Awards ballot in the Best Comedy Supporting Actor category. The show itself will be eligible as Best Variety Sketch Series.
Armisen is a six-time Emmy nominee, with five for his work on “Portlandia” and one for writing the “SNL” 40th anniversary special. Hader won an Emmy for producing the animated series “South Park” (2009) among his seven career nominations for that program and “SNL.” Meyers is a 14-time Emmy nominee with a 2011 win for Best Original Music and Lyrics (“Justin Timberlake Monologue” on “SNL”).
Click any name below to watch a short red carpet video recorded before the event:
Fred Armisen, star and co-creator
Bill Hader, star and co-creator
Seth Meyers, executive producer and co-creator