Seth Meyers Interview: ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’
“I think it would be nice if this was a problem that was solved by democracy as opposed to a twist of fate or a legal maneuver. Democracy gave us Donald Trump, so I feel like it’s their responsibility to figure out the next step,” reveals Seth Meyers about what he would like to see happen next with the U.S. presidency. The host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” recently chatted with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above) about politics, his talk show career and hosting the Emmy Awards and Golden Globes.
With four shows each week and a total of close to 200 episodes a year, Meyers explains what a typical work day is like: “We start early getting in around 8:30 in the morning. Because so much of our first act is about the day’s news, and it changes so much over the course of the day, we want to make sure we get down a nice base coat early so we’re not building it from scratch. We have a long day based on reading jokes and talking about the guests, trying to line up the next couple of days. It’s so scheduled that it goes by really quickly, and it ends with the best hour of the day going out to the audience and showing them the work.”
Meyers won an Emmy in 2011 for Best Music and Lyrics for “Saturday Night Live,” contending once more in that category in 2012. Those two bids were among his 16 career nominations that include “SNL,” “Documentary Now,” the Golden Globes and last year’s nom for his “Late Night” writing staff.
He hosted the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globes this past January, so he is now on the Emmy ballot for that ceremony and for writing again. “Late Night with Seth Meyers” competes for a large number of categories, including as Best Variety Talk Series.
The last time the Emmy Awards rotated to NBC, he hosted that affair as well. Current “SNL” Weekend Update anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost will emcee the event this September for producer Lorne Michaels. On advice he could offer the duo, Meyers says, “I would say to have jokes as good as possible off the top, but those guys have them every week at Update. They’re going to approach it via the same history I approached it. I think they’ll be great.”