Seth Meyers: "I Know I Can't Be Better Than Jimmy Fallon"
"I don't know that there's a better job [than mine]," Meyers says, speaking with New Times via phone from studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, where the 39-year-old comedian has worked since 2001. He's dismissing rumors that he'll take over the Peacock Network's Late Night franchise after Jimmy Fallon replaces Jay Leno on the Tonight Show.
"One thing I know I can't do is be better than Jimmy Fallon. He's incredible. But the nice thing right now, I really like my job -- I'm very much enjoying what I'm doing right now."
But who wouldn't?
A few years into his SNL career, Meyers became a co-head writer and the first cast member to jump from sketch to script in the show's nearly four-decade history.
"It's certainly happened a couple of times the other way around [writers joining the cast], but I may have been the first to go the other way. Which I think, if anything, is a credit to what a terrible actor I am. They were already paying but figured there was a better way to get their money's worth."
Not long after joining the writing team, Meyers found himself cohosting the venerable late-night comedy series' "Weekend Update" with Amy Poehler until her departure in 2008; he's now wrapping his eighth season as SNL's head writer (Colin Jost is also a head writer) and is the sole anchor of "Weekend Update."
Impressively, Meyers can name each of the previous "Weekend Update" hosts in less than 25 seconds, admitting there's a sort of comedic kinship among former anchors.
"It always means the most to me when I run into those guys," he says. "Whenever they do interviews, I always like listening to them talk about doing 'Weekend Update' because it's such a specific gig."
In fact, it was a former anchor who helped Meyers develop his own "Update" intro.
"Dennis Miller probably gave me the best advice," he says. "'After you say, "I'm Seth Meyers; here are tonight's top stories," he said, 'don't turn until the camera cuts. That way, they'll be waiting for you' [laughs]. I thought it was such good advice."