Seth Meyers is featured in the Late Fall 2016 issue of Capitol File Magazine.
For Seth Meyers, an election year—especially this election year—is the gift that keeps on giving. To show his appreciation, he’s bringing Late Night to DC.
In the ever-quickly-changing world of late-night television, funny guy and notable Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers is gaining ground. And this fall, Washington is getting in on the action. For four nights, beginning October 10, Meyers and his crew at Late Night with Seth Meyers will be on location, broadcasting daily from the Warner Theatre. “With Conan going to Chicago, Kimmel to Brooklyn, Fallon out to LA, and shows like The Daily Show going to conventions, we weren’t breaking new ground with the idea of taking the show on the road,” Meyers says. “We just wanted to be a part of it.”
And what better place to be a part of it, on the brink of an historic election, than the nation’s capital? After all, the current state of affairs, Meyers says, has certainly lent itself to comedy: “There’s just so much information out there right now. If it were a different election, who knows if we would talk about it as much as we talked about this one, but this has dovetailed so nicely with comedy that it has been fun to focus on.”
Along with politics, Meyers hopes to keep pop culture in the mix for the DC shows. “I’m just excited about the energy live,” he says. “I’ve done stand-up shows at the Warner before. It’s a great old theater, and I think it will be a fun venue.”
In addition to performing stand-up here—and visiting as a kid, of course—Meyers says his most memorable trip to the city was when he hosted the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2011. “I had a bunch of writers with me and a bunch of people from SNL came down that year to support,” he recalls. “The night after was one of the most fun nights of my life.”
Since then, much has changed for the 42-year-old comedian and late-night host. In 2013, he married his longtime girlfriend, lawyer Alexi Ashe, and just this year the two welcomed their first child. As the host of a politically driven show, having a new baby during election season has made him even busier than usual.
Even as the host of Late Night, Meyers says he identifies most with being a writer.
“Even in high school… I loved writing, and to this day I still probably find it the most rewarding of everything I do,” he says. “With that said, it’s pretty great to walk out and do an hour show with a lot of material that’s been written for me by other great writers that I did not have to sweat over as much as they did. I always think of myself as a writer first and then a performer second.”
This fall, Washingtonians get the chance to see him be both. “Mostly I’m just curious to see how my writers behave in a hotel,” he says with a laugh. “I feel like a camp counselor who’s taking a lot of kids to a museum.”
Late Night with Seth Meyers airs 12: 35/11:35c on NBC.
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