SNL's Seth Meyers
by MEGHAN BLALOCK
Seth Meyers is no stranger to the funny. A member of Saturday Night Live’s cast for 10 years, he was anointed head writer of the comedy show (filmed in NYC) in 2006. He’s overseen some of SNL’s most infamous bits—his recurring “Really?!?” sketch and the viral digital short “I’m on a Boat,” starring Andy Samberg and rapper-turned-singer T-Pain, come to mind—and worked closely with some of comedy’s biggest names. So before the Gothamite could host the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on April 30, we asked him 10 questions with the hope that he’d reveal the inner workings of his hilarious brain. He didn’t disappoint. Really.
1. What’s your ideal night out in New York?
An SNL afterpary on the night of a good show.
2. How many ties do you own for “Weekend Update”?
More than Pee-Wee Herman, less than Brian Williams.
3. What song sums up your career so far?
Does Springsteen have a song about fighting your way out of the New Hampshire suburbs? If so, that.
4. What does no one know about Seth Meyers?
I cried when I saw Jersey Boys. A lot.
5. Who has been your greatest comedy inspiration?
My father, both for being funny and for introducing me to Monty Python when I was nine.
6. What books are currently on your nightstand?
New John Le Carré, old George Orwell and about 30 comic books.
7. If you could have dinner with any person alive or dead, who would you pick?
Hitler, but only stick him with the tab.
8. What do you never travel without?
Flowers for the TSA agents.
9. What’s the last thing you googled?
10. Where’s the best pizza in New York?
In the delivery man's hand at my door.
photograph by mary ellen matthews
Cover shoot: May/June 2014 issue of Gotham magazine.