Rhys Thomas, Creator, Executive Producer, Writer, Director, Documentary Now!
Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic and Alex Wagner, MSNBC
Fred Armisen, co-creator, co-writer and co-star of Portlandia, is also in his ninth season on Saturday Night Live. On SNL, Armisen took on the role of then Democratic Presidential nominee and now U.S. President, Sen. Barack Obama, as well as New York Governor David Paterson. Other characters include the vaguely European home design enthusiast "Nuni," the Native American comic Billy Smith, the political comedian Nicholas Fehn, and Prince, the often-silent host of the musician's talk show, "The Prince Show." Armisen has also contributed memorable impressions of Muammar Gaddafi, Queen Elizabeth, Steve Jobs, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the popular Digital Short "Iran So Far Away."
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Actor, writer, comedian, and producer Bill Hader has become one of the most sought after comedy minds in Hollywood. In 2013, Hader finished production of his eighth and final season as a regular cast member on NBC's venerable comedy institution Saturday Night Live. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hader made an early splash on SNL in 2005 with his uncanny impressions including, most notably, Al Pacino and Vincent Price. Heralded by New York Magazine as, "SNL's new secret weapon, Hader boasted impersonations and sarcasm delivered with eviscerating deftness." In 2012, Hader received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the show. In 2013 he was again nominated for an Emmy in the same category.
Seth Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning writer and current host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Meyers was named one of the 2014 TIME 100, Time magazine's 100 most influential people. Meyers also hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Meyers began his TV career with "Saturday Night Live" in 2001, where he was a cast member for 13 seasons. Meyers acted as head writer for nine seasons and "Weekend Update" anchor for eight seasons. In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake's musical monologue. Meyers also garnered 10 additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer in television.
Rhys Thomas is a director for SNL, Documentary Now!, and Staten Island Summer.