As Saturday Night Live's head writer and host of the show's "Weekend Update" segment, Seth Meyers eagerly awaits the presidential election every four years. In 2008, Meyers and alum Tina Fey co-wrote the show's award-winning parodies of Sarah Palin.
"There's never going to be anyone quite like that again," Meyers tells Takeaway host John Hockenberry. The Saturday Night Live team, Meyers explains, "knew this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, where a presidential candidate chose a vice presidential running mate that looked exactly like the most famous person on our show…if it was going to happen again," Meyers says, "somebody from the campaign would probably say 'hey, we shouldn't do this.'"
The 2012 campaign season may lack a Sarah Palin, but Meyers has found plenty of comedy in this election year. Clint Eastwood's appearance at the Republican National Convention was, Meyers says, a "Palin-like gift" that Meyers wrote into the season premiere, in a sketch featuring Bill Hader as Clint Eastwood, co-starring in a production of "Eastwood and Chair."
Meyers also addresses the show's new presidential impersonator, as Jay Pharoah replaced longtime Obama impersonator Fred Armisen this year. "If Obama wins reelection," Meyers explains, "Fred is likely not going to be at the show for another four years. And so you try to find a time to get people used to the new President on the show. Jay Pharoah…we really like his impression." Much to John Hockenberry's disappointment, longtime Executive Producer Lorne Michaels did not preside over an impeachment hearing for Armisen.
Seth Meyers also explains the comedy behind Mitt Romney, and why the sketches of Saturday Night Live continue to succeed in a competitive comedy landscape.