Seth Meyers on 'Late Night' and Taking a Point of View
As the host of NBC's Late Night, Seth Meyers has been tearing into this unhinged election year -- and he feels no obligation to strive for fake balance. He defends himself against that and the semi-serious charge that his insults drove Donald Trump to run for president.
Comedian Seth Meyers was happily employed at Saturday Night Live when his former cast-mate, Jimmy Fallon, became host of The Tonight Show. Then, Lorne Michaels called. Meyers tells us about making the transition from SNL to Late Night, being written about in Donald Trump's book, and what went into the big decision to start his show sitting down.
Photo: Seth Meyers on the set of Late Night with Seth Meyers. (Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
As the anchor of Saturday Night Live's' "Weekend Update," Seth Meyers did lots of material based on the news. As host of NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers, he gets to riff on news stories every day, especially in the show's "Closer Look" segments. Meyers' knack for breaking down the news is one of the ways he's stood out since taking over at Late Night in 2014.
In this election year, presidential candidate Donald Trump has provided fodder for many comedians, but Meyers and Trump have a special relationship, dating back to Trump's last presidential run in 2011. That year Meyers made several jokes about Trump while hosting the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and Trump was, shall we say, less than impressed.
Meyers tells us what was going through his head the night of that performance, and why it's one of the most difficult gigs in comedy. He also takes us through his very quick transition from SNL to Late Night, and shares how working in Amsterdam early in his career helped him find his comedic footing.