The man has real ability, and he’s earned the respect of some of the funniest people in the business. “He has that kind of timing that you have to have, that you can’t learn,” says Tina Fey. “He knows his instrument as a newsman, but he’s very aware of his comic instrument as well,” says Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers. Told of Meyers’s admiration for his comic instrument, the anchor replies, “That’s odd, because we’ve never belonged to a health club together, and we’re both in successful long-term relationships.” It’s a classic Williams line: suggestive enough to shock—did Brian Williams just tell a penis joke?—yet veiled enough that it doesn’t seem untoward coming from the man my grandmother trusts to keep her up-to-date on rising health-care costs. | The Comic Stylings of Brian Williams
I’ve read somewhere that when Brian Williams was called upon to host Saturday Night Live, lots of people were worried about it damaging his journalistic integrity or some bullshit like that. Of course, it didn’t, because that’s ridiculous, but it’s kind of sad that being funny and joyful can be seen as detrimental to one’s reputation.