Watch Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers Re-enact Their All-Time Favorite 'SNL' Skits

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Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen of 'Documentary Now!'

The co-creators of IFC's 'Documentary Now!' also traded Obama impersonations for the live audience at THR's TV Talks panel.

Ahead of Wednesday's season-two premiere of Documentary Now!, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers entertained a live New York audience with little-known facts about how the spoofs on their IFC docu-parody series come to fruition.

Inspired by a Saturday Night Live sketch, the trio, who all hail from the Lorne Michaels-produced NBC sketch show, decided to tackle some of the world's best-known documentaries, such as The Thin Blue Line and Grey Gardens. The result? The AMC-owned cable network picked up the comedy series for a second and third cycle before season one even premiered.

"It's probably the best time to be doing a documentary show," said Meyers to a packed house, referencing the popularity of HBO's The Jinx and ESPN's O.J.: Made in America.

Michaels also executive produces the critically acclaimed series, which is hosted by Helen Mirren and has been nominated for a 2016 Emmy for outstanding variety sketch series.

When the SNL alums sat down with The Hollywood Reporter's president/chief creative officer Janice Min at the 92nd Street Y to kick off THR's TV Talks series on Tuesday night, they performed their classic President Barack Obama and SNL impersonations; revealed how they booked guest-stars like Irving Azoff and Cameron Crowe; and explained how they broke the news to others, like George Stephanopoulos (The War Room), that they were going to be the target of an upcoming episode.

Armisen, Hader and Meyers also dropped plans for upcoming episodes, hinting that Documentary Now! is getting the musical treatment.

Below, watch the full panel, which was co-presented by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and the 92nd Street Y.

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