LinkedIn Launches New Original Podcast Hello Monday
On Episode One, Seth Meyers Talks about Life after Lorne’s Leadership, Diversifying “Funny,” and Why Getting Political Was No Longer Avoidable
Today LinkedIn launches the first episode of a new original podcast series entitled Hello Monday. The podcast, produced by LinkedIn’s editorial team and hosted by Senior Editor at Large Jessi Hempel, will focus on the changing role of work in our lives through intimate conversations with notable guests about the choices they’ve made, as well as members from the LinkedIn community.
This morning the show kicked off with its first guest Seth Meyers, SNL alum and star of Late Night With Seth Meyers.
It’s approaching five years since Seth Meyers took the helm of ‘Late Night’ and he joined Jessi for an honest (and of course, very funny) conversation touching on everything from learning to lead from Lorne Michaels; what makes a diverse writing team that much funnier; and why his friends feel safer with him behind a desk.
See below for excerpts from Jessi’s fantastic Hello Monday premiere interview. The full podcast is up on LinkedIn.
A FEW EXCERPTS
… SETH SHARED HIS POV ON LOSING STAFF TO NEW VENTURES
So you want them to have a good time here and you want them to stay for long enough that you get value out of them, but you also want them to learn the tools here that they can take on to the next thing. So we’re not upset when people leave if it’s to go to something that elevates their career.
… ON THE TRANSITION FROM LORNE’S LEADERSHIP TO BEING THE HOST OF HIS OWN SHOW
I would always say that at SNL, Lorne Michaels got 99% of the vote and then the rest of us combined for the final one. So you couldn’t really swing things one way or the other if Lorne didn’t want it to go that way. The great gift of this show is that you got to choose everybody you wanted to work with. And you got to sign off on everybody you wanted to work with.
… WHEN HIS OWN JOKES DON’T MAKE IT BY HIS TEAM
Well, that happens all the time. It gets run through the writing staff and then it also gets run past an audience. And you know, I learned that at SNL, which is not to, I do not fall in love with my material, especially material that I’m going to do in front of a live audience. You know, at some point if 180 people are saying, “no,” you know, I, I tend to take their side on it.
… MEYER’S TALKED ABOUT THE TEAM DNA AND THAT KINDNESS DOES MATTER
There’s no one here that I’m upset to see. There’s no personality that I find gets in the way of us succeeding. And we just tried to lay that in very early. And one of the things we tried to tell to everybody is, hey, behave well the whole time you’re here and then we will always speak well of you. People ask us all the time about the people who worked here and, and are they good people and are they the kind, not just talented because sometimes that’s the first thing people can glean from your work, but are they a good person? Are they someone you want to actually spend time with?
… ON THE PRIORITIZATION OF DIVERSITY AMONGST HIS STAFF
We wanted it to have, not just a diversity in as far as we wanted women and men and we wanted people from different, you know, backgrounds. We also wanted a diversity of styles in that we wanted people from standup. We wanted people who worked at The Onion; People who were improvisors.
… FATHER KNOWS BEST WHEN IT COMES TO SETH’S ACTING CAREER
Even my father, who’s a huge fan of mine, he said to me once after one of the lesser films that I appeared in… “you know, some people, some actors you forget it’s them when they’re on the screen, but every time I see you, I just think that’s Seth.” And I was like, I don’t think that’s a compliment. And he said, “oh, no, I don’t think I meant it as a compliment.” It’s one of the great escapes that I don’t feel the urge to act anymore.
… WHEN YOU CAN NO LONGER KEEP POLITICS OUT OF IT
In the start there was a sense of, oh, does the world need another show that’s talking about politics?… you know, you had the daily show, you have Colbert Report. It wasn’t like I think there was a thirst for it, right? But the more we did it and every now and then there’d be something that happened in the news that we would write about. We felt good doing it, you know, we felt like, um, I have no way we were doing it better, but it was maybe better than the other stuff we were doing. And so we just kind of committed to the idea of trying to improve upon it. And then it became the thing that we just started getting feedback on.
…ON HIS FRIENDS FEELING SAFER WITH HIM BEHIND A DESK
I fought the idea of telling jokes at a desk and then a year and a half in I realized, why am I not doing the thing I trained for the thing I got better at. Why am I throwing away all that learned skill. For the purposes of showing people I can do another thing, which I don’t even necessarily know I can do. So a friend of mine said after I sat down and he said, “oh, I like it so much more. I feel so much more comfortable watching you behind a desk.” And I said, “oh, I’m more comfortable too.” And he said, “I don’t actually care how comfortable you are. I just feel safer.”
About Hello Monday:
Hello Monday is a 13 week series premiering on Monday mornings at 6am ET, available to download on Apple Podcasts, on LinkedIn, and across various podcast platforms.
Each week’s episode is focused on a conversation with a featured guest who will discuss the most transformative moments in their own career, from navigating layoffs, company collapses, and evaporating industries, and how they emerged from these transitions.
Following the special guest interview, Hello Monday will feature reporting from LinkedIn Managing News Editor Caroline Fairchild that highlights relevant stories and voices from the LinkedIn community. LinkedIn partnered with Cadence13 for the distribution of this podcast and is represented by United Talent Agency.