Proving that comedians who portray Mitt Romney are perhaps more interesting than the candidate himself, Seth Meyers went on WNYC's "The Takeaway with John Hockenberry" to talk about the new season of "Saturday Night Live," and their conversation inevitably led to writing Romney jokes.
"There's not much of a hook or a handle," Meyers lamented about the GOP presidential nominee. Meyers is in a unique position to understand the challenges of making Romney funny, as he played the similarly square John Kerry. (The 2004 election occurred during one of the lowest rated seasons in recent "SNL" history.)
"It's very hard to exaggerate gravitas for comedic effect," he said.
However, one advantage of Romney is that the real-life candidate provides plenty of material for "SNL" to spoof, especially in recent weeks. But even Romney's seemingly endless gaffes could get tiresome.
“[We] want [him] to start doing something different wrong because at some point the comedy seems a little bit redundant," Meyers said. "You’ll hear someone say, 'Oh, they're going to make fun of Mitt Romney for putting his foot in his mouth again,' and you want to say, 'As soon as he stops, we’ll stop'.”
Mitt Romney is portrayed by cast member Jason Sudeikis, whose decision to remain on the show was uncertain until the week prior to the season premiere.
"SNL" has a particularly busy schedule this season, its 38th, largely due to the presidential election. The show premiered two weeks earlier than normal, and will air two primetime specials (the second of which airs this Thursday). Perhaps to account for the increased workload, Meyers shares head writing duties with Colin Jost beginning this season.
Click over to WNYC to listen to the full interview with Seth Meyers on "The Takeaway with John Hockenberry."