Seth Meyers Has Been Open About How To Do NBC Remote Editions Late at night during the COVID-19 pandemic, the show ultimately benefited.
But while he’s since returned to hosting the show from the 30 Rock studio, he’s continued to wear his pandemic-era casual wardrobe.
“We chose not to go back to wearing suits, especially since the show starts at 12:30pm [at night] and I don’t think anyone watching wears a suit,” Meyers said to his former Saturday Night Live castmate Aidy Bryant during a talk at the Tribeca Festival last week. “If people were wearing a suit at home at 12:30, I would put my suit back on.”
Late at night was also one of the last late night broadcasts to bring back a live audience, but the crowd returned in October 2021, and Meyers said during an audience Q&A after his chat with Bryant that it seemed like the time was ripe.
“We didn’t quite know what we were saying by not having [a live audience]’ said Meijers. “And I also think it felt like we were holding onto a pandemic after it went away, like someone saying, ‘I’ll just stay in this cabin in the woods. I think this is me now.’”
Meyers also brought back Late at night’s “Day Drinking” segment, which the host told Bryant, is a terrifying experience to record.
“I get super stressed, I really do, because I like about my show that it’s all written, and I feel like I have a writing spirit even though I came from improv,” Meyers said. “I like to know what the plan is going to be, and with ‘Day Drinking’ I can’t. So the good news is I’m super stressed when it starts, and then I kill that part of my head with alcohol.”
Even after that, Meyers said he won’t be able to watch the segment’s first draft. “When the first cut comes in, I have my producer Mike Shoemaker look at it first. I’m like, ‘You have to watch it first and tell me it’s good. I don’t want to watch it if it turns into a shit show.’”
Last Thanksgiving, Meyers was also able to continue his tradition of having his family members in the studio as his guests for Late at night’s Thanksgiving episode, which he told Bryant, is the highest-rated episode of the year, but not for the reason his parents think.
“Our Thanksgiving show is always our highest-rated show of the year because NBC has the late Thanksgiving football game. So it’s just monster ratings compared to the rest of the year,” he said. “Someone made the mistake of telling my parents, and they don’t want to hear the football part. It’s like hearing my mom say, ‘It’s the highest-rated show of the year,’ and I’m like, ‘It not because of you.'”
Meyers and Bryant also looked back on their time together SNLwith Bryant praising his rewriting abilities and guidance.
“He was really the most generous, really friendly, helpful. I was always so impressed because Seth read every writer’s script, every cast member on a Tuesday night at 5 a.m.,” she said. “And just to give people like, ‘Oh, maybe cut this’ or ‘Punch this up, here’s some jokes for this page.’ Not everyone does that, and it was really life-changing, and how I learned to write was yours.”
Meyers also admitted that he enjoyed working on rewrites of “already funny” comedy pieces so much that he expanded the process.
“I used to think people would get to me because I liked stretching rewrites, because that was my favorite part of the week, just sitting around the table with funny people,” he said. “This was before I was married and had kids, and the people who were married and had kids were like, ‘Hey, buddy, we need to go home to our families.’ And I thought, ‘This is so much fun!’”