Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Host Seth Meyers Is Ready to Be Celebratory and Serious at Golden Globes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Host Seth Meyers Is Ready to Be Celebratory and Serious at Golden Globes

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LOS ANGELES * Seth Meyers regularly blends bad news with comedy on his nightly talk show, but as the host of Sunday's Golden Globes, he has the unenviable task of setting the tone for Hollywood's awards season as the sexual harassment crisis continues spreading throughout the industry and beyond.

Meyers signed on for the job after the scandal broke in the fall, so he knew what he was getting into.

"And my first instinct was, 'Oh, this is probably not the most fun year to do this,'" he said.

But the creative team at "Late Night With Seth Meyers" excels at addressing current events with humor and accuracy, he said, and they're working with him to write material for the Globes.

The 45-year-old comedian talked about how he's preparing to strike the ultimate balance between celebratory and serious at the ceremony, which will be broadcast live on NBC.

The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q * How do you balance tough subjects with the need to be funny and light?

A * That's, I think, the conversation we will continue to focus in on as we get closer. We don't want this night to be a session where we're just scolding everything that happened, because it is really important for us to remember that great movies came out of this year; great television shows came out of this year. A lot of people worked really hard. A lot of people, we're realizing, worked really hard in environments that were not that conducive to working really hard. So the goal is to have people have a wonderful night and an enjoyable party in a year in which everyone deserves it.

Q * Is writing jokes a way of decompressing from the news?

A * I've found the news harder on our hiatuses than it is on show weeks. There's something very cathartic about processing the news stories through our system here, where you write jokes about it and talk about it with people who make you laugh, and that is just a healthier way of dealing with it. I think that's part of what we'll be trying to do at the Globes, is: Hey, ideally we wouldn't be talking about this stuff, but hopefully we can talk about it in a way that will make us feel better about it as opposed to reminding us how terrible it all was, is, continues to be. …

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