Seth Meyers talks Obama's SNL Cameo, Funny People in Politics and More
By April MacIntyre Apr 16, 2011, 7:05 GMT
Seth Meyers - 18th Annual ESPY Awards - Press Room - Nokia Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, USA © Allen Berezovsky / PR Photos
"Saturday Night Live’s" star player Seth Meyers talked to Parade and dished on the funniest person in his family, and his take on President Obama’s cameo on SNL.
Check out some of the highlights below:
On Obama’s Saturday Night Live appearance before he was elected President
“He was great—incredibly charismatic, really nice and fast and funny. We had a sketch where he came into a costume party wearing a Barack Obama mask, and when he took it off he was the actual Barack Obama. I said, ‘If the mask is hard to get off, we’ll think of something else.’ And he said, ‘I think you’ll find I can take off a Halloween mask.’ I remember thinking you probably don’t get to this point without knowing how to do that.”
On writing jokes
“If you write jokes too far in advance, they tend to go stale or you lose interest. You don’t get into committed relationships with jokes—you become very promiscuous and you want to see what other jokes are out there.”
The best comedic material in politics these days
Julian Assange and Honsi Mubarak (played by SNL’s Bill Hader and Fred Armisen). “The approaches they took, it provided us a lot of comedy,” Myers tells PARADE.
Turns out Seth isn’t the funniest in his own family
“Everybody in the family thinks my dad is the funniest. My mother has laughed at everything he’s ever said, which taught my brother and me, at a very young age, that you can punch above your weight if you’re funny. It’s a nice thing that God gave women that one blind spot.”
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