Seth Meyers Is Hosting the Emmys: What We Want to See

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Kelly Woo
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Former "Saturday Night Live" star and current host of "Late Night" Seth Meyers has been tapped to host this year's Emmy Awards, which will be produced by 15-time Emmy winner Don Mischer.

Really!

While it's not a huge surprise Meyers was chosen — the ceremony is airing on his network, NBC, on Aug. 25 — it's still a very high-profile role for someone who just recently got his own show. Meyers replaced Jimmy Fallon as host of "Late Night" (who, in turn, replaced Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show") just two months ago, and now he's landed one of the most visible gigs there is.

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Yahoo TV got the chance to ask Meyers a few quick questions about hosting over email (he's a little busy), and even though the news is probably still sinking in for him, his answers prove that he's always got something witty to say.

Yahoo TV: Congrats! How do feel about hosting the Emmys?
Seth Meyers: I watch a lot of TV so I'm excited to be hosting as I think this means I can deduct my cable bill as a work expense.
 
You've been nominated so many times, and have also won. As host, do you think that makes you particularly sensitive to everyone's feelings and nervousness? Or are they all still targets for jokes?
I'd like everyone to leave a winner so I'm talking to the powers that be about awarding "mini-Emmys" to those nominated who don't win. They would be about a third of the size of a normal Emmy and filled with scotch.
 
Who's your one famous friend you think it'll be hardest to get up on stage for a bit? They're all usually nominees as well…
Vladimir Putin is a dear friend and I'm desperately trying to convince him to tell a few jokes or at the very least do one of his very funny impressions.

[Editor's note: We totally want some mini-Emmys. Also, we tried to get Meyers to weigh in on the "True Detective" vs. "Breaking Bad" Emmys debate, but a good host is always neutral. Well played, Seth.]

NBC's President of Late Night and Alternative Programming Paul Telegdy praised the 40-year-old comedian in an official press release saying, "Seth's expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at 'SNL,' as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys."

"Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards," added Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy.

Meyers follows in the footsteps of previous late-night hosts who emceed the Emmys, including Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, and back in the '70s, Johnny Carson (for four years straight), but has the genial, nice-guy quality that's also in line with past hosts Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres.

It'll be interesting to see Meyers bring his unique take to the Emmys. He's proven quite capable of skewering his audience without being mean about it. His turn as host of the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2011 drew rave reviews for jokes like, "Jon Hamm is here. Yeah. Jon Hamm looks the way every Republican thinks they look. Zach Galifianakis is also here. Zach Galifianakis looks the way Republicans think every Democrat looks."

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Perhaps he'll bring his "Weekend Update" style and treat the year in television like news stories. "Really?!" would totally work for TV shows (basically all of "Scandal" is a giant "Really?!"). Even better is that he could bring on Amy Poehler, a likely nominee for "Parks and Recreation," to revive their awesome partnership.

What we'd really love to see from Meyers is the inclusion of side characters. Sure, we're not likely to see Stefon from "SNL" (though, how awesome would that be? Calling Bill Hader!), but Meyers's witty banter with characters on both that show and "Late Night" is his biggest strength.

Already on "Late Night," Meyers and his writing team have created memorable characters like John Lutz's "money expert" and the "Dissatisfied Audience Members":

As Poehler wrote of him in this year's Time 100, where Meyers was honored as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014, "Seth Meyers is the best listener on television." Give him a few characters to listen to (and snark with), and this year's Emmys could be one of the funniest. Really.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.