Election Season Is a Comedy Gold Mine for SNL Writer Seth Meyers

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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.


Seth Meyers

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Jillian Weinberger

Comments [5]


A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment.
I do believe that you need to write more on
this subject matter, it might not be a taboo subject but usually
people do not speak about these topics. To the
next! Best wishes!!

Mar. 07 2013 07:05 AM
best-dressed GUESSED worker


Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

Sep. 21 2012 05:25 PM
joe davis from fl

Larry- you'll love this one!


Sep. 20 2012 10:42 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Romney-Ryan ticket is a goldmine for comedy...I hope SNL plans to summon Ayn Rand from the dead to be a part of the debates...
And bring Palin back complaining about how she wasn't invited to the Republican National Convention...She heard there was an open chair available up front...

How about a skit of a tied up Obama on a chair staring Clint Eastwood in a movie directed by Tarantino... called,"Trouble With The Chair."

God and Comedians love Republicans

Sep. 20 2012 10:07 AM
joe davis from florida

It's weird where the lines cross between journalist wanna' be comedians and comedian wanna' be journalists.
No doubt Hockenberry along with Brian Williams are the funniest guys around the water cooler in their respective news rooms.
And Jon Stewart probably does know as much on any given subject as Katie Couric if not more. So its a hazy line now a days.
A show like The Takeaway is itself a kind of pean to The Daily Show. Yes, there are serious reports without the irrepressible witticisms of Mr. Hockenberry but Stewart does this now as well. If given a choice I guess I would rather listen to the actual funny guy then the not so funny guy given they both share the same basic world view...

Sep. 20 2012 10:07 AM

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