MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WEAU) – He’s best known as Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” anchor and head-writer. But on Monday night, Seth Meyers takes his flair for humor and politics onto his new show, “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”
Meyers was at NBC affiliate KARE11 in Minneapolis in November and WEAU was there to chat with him about his upcoming show.
Meyers said he hopes to fit in with his predecessors, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon as he takes over as the fourth host. Fallon began hosting the “Tonight Show” last week, taking over for Jay Leno.
Meyers said it’s an exciting time, moving onto this next journey in his career but that he’ll miss his 12-year-run with SNL.
"Every Tuesday night, every body sleeps at the office writing sketches and it feels like it always reminds me of college. I guess at 39-years-old, its time to leave college," said Meyers.
With all of the famous connections he has made so far, Meyers joked “I’ve been nice to all the famous people who have come through SNL so they’ll come and then be a guest on my show.”
Meyers said he wants plenty of strong writers on his show to create a solid monologue. He hopes to bring at least one element from Weekend Update to Late Night.
"The element of Weekend Update we most want to bring is the idea of a crazy person coming out that I have to talk to so that's something we want to try hard to have on the new Late Night show," he said.
When asked about any ties to Wisconsin, he recapped one incident he can’t seem to forget.
“I will say this, I'll just be honest. In 2010...I was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, so that was really gutting for me...I was in Dallas when the Green Bay Packers…I mean if you have to lose to anyone it should be the Green Bay Packers…I wasn't upset about that but on a personal level it was a really, really tough day. And there's nothing sadder than watching people, adult people with foam cheese on their heads celebrating when you're really sad,” said Meyers.
Late Night with Seth Meyers premieres right after "The Tonight Show" with guests Amy Poehler and Vice-President Joe Biden, starting at 11:35 p.m. on WEAU.