SXSW: Seth Meyers Checks in on 'Late Night'
Two weeks into his new role as host of Late Night, Seth Meyers spoke about the experience to a packed crowd during SXSW.
The comedian told the audience that he was worried about his interviewing skills before the show's Feb. 24 premiere but said he's been surprised by how quickly the interviews -- and entire hourlong show -- fly by.
“Interviewing is what I had the least experience with,” he said. “It's both a conversation and not a conversation, but it's on television. It's more strange to me how fast that six or seven minutes goes.”
Meyers took the stage at the Austin Convention Center alongside NBC producer Mike Shoemaker and panel moderator Olivia Munn and shared what he's learned so far.
“The more you know about what's going on in the world, the better you'll do,” he said. “We try to be topical. Sometimes on Weekend Update you told a joke on Monday and by Saturday it's old. But now we can be the first to tell it.”
Late Night has a big presence in Austin this year. The show is sponsoring the festival’s bike sharing program and has set up a tent, which was a slightly soggy affair on Saturday after a day of drizzles, where attendees can relax and watch past episodes. Late Night is also the sponsor of the official SXSW Comedy opening party on Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. CT.
Meyers returns to New York for Monday’s Late Night. Meanwhile, fellow late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will film Jimmy Kimmel Live! from Austin during the festival.