Seth Meyers Q&A: ‘SNL 40th’ and ‘Golden Globes’
"It's nice that to get attention for the fact that we're trying to have more political candidates on the show. That's something I'm drawn to. We always find those are the sorts of episodes that get a little bit more attention," admits Seth Meyers during our recent video chat about his NBC talker "Late Night with Seth Meyers."
He candidly discusses the recent Vulture article "How Seth Meyers is Positioning Himself as Late Night's Political Kingmaker." It focuses on his strengths both in lampooning the world of politics and his ability to competently chat about these issues, much like the retiring David Letterman and Jon Stewart have been doing for years. For Meyers, "One of the nicest things about the job is that listening is a skill you have to have in comedy and as an improviser. Reminding myself to listen has been one of the easier parts of the job, but I do feel like it makes for a better interview."
He took over this late night staple in February 2014 when Jimmy Fallon left for "The Tonight Show." He is the fourth host in the 33-year history of the show after Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Fallon. Sixteen months later, he reflects, "When you start these things, you have such a survival instinct that you just want to get the show on the air. You want to feel you're in a place where you get to keep doing the show. All of a sudden one morning you start value-judging the stuff you do and realize there are things you don't want to do anymore… (or) when you do pieces and you say, 'That thing we did today, I really like that.'"
Meyers became well known in 2001 as a performer on "Saturday Night Live." He eventually became the head writer and scaled back appearing in sketches to focus anchoring the popular "Weekend Update" segments. He shared in six Emmy bids for the writing of "SNL" beginning in 2008. He won his only Emmy to date in 2011 for a tune he co-wrote with Justin Timberlake, who sang it as his "SNL" opening monologue. He contended in that same category in 2012 and has reaped three bids for co-writing variety specials, including the 2012 and 2012 Golden Globes with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
He will be eligible this year for the Emmys for as a producer and writer for his own talk show, plus for co-writing the Golden Globes ceremony again. He also is the executive producer for animated series contender "The Awesomes" for Hulu.