Seth Meyers did an awesome job hosting his first episode of ‘Late Night’ on Feb. 24! The ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum totally made the show his own, shaking up ‘Late Night’ with a fresh set, a hilarious new segment, and a thinking man’s punch lines!
Seth Meyers kicked off his first episode of Late Night by writing a thank you letter to former host Jimmy Fallon, paying tribute to one of his predecessor’s most beloved segments, “Thank You Notes.” But this homage aside, Seth proved that he is forging his own path of laughs as the newest face of late-night — and we applaud him for it!
Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’ Debut — Seth Gets Big Laughs As New ‘Late Night’ Host
Seth got off to a bit of a rocky start during his opening monologue — some of his jokes fell flat and it just felt a little too much like watching an extended version of his “Weekend Update” segment on Saturday Night Live. That said, the late-night newbie got comfortable pretty quickly, probably thanks in part to all the familiar faces on the set!
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Seth enjoyed some friendly banter with his new Late Night bandleader, SNL vet Fred Armisen, before welcoming his first official guest: former “Weekend Update” co-anchor Amy Poehler! Amy — who looked fabulous, by the way — cracked a few jokes of her own, and took her appearance as an opportunity to call off a prank war with George Clooney. “I want to say something to George Clooney that no woman has ever said to him, and that’s, ‘George, please stop,'” Amy quipped.
All jokes aside, the Parks and Recreation star also took time out to congratulate Seth on his new gig. “You are going to do such a wonderful job,” she said. “I have watched you for 13 years pretend to listen to people.” OK, maybe not all jokes aside.
We’re not surprised that Amy is excited about Seth’s new career in late-night TV, especially since it gave her the chance to chat with her on-screen Parks and Rec crush, Vice President Joe Biden (whom she described to the audience as a “gorgeous charm monster”)!
That’s right, Seth’s second guest was the VP himself, who shared an anecdote from his Parks and Rec guest spot and chatted about his contempt for LaGuardia Airport and his hilarious facial expressions during the State of the Union Address. Seth asked Vice President Biden what his political plans for 2016 were, but the VP’s lips were sealed.
“I was planning on making a major announcement, but I decided tonight’s your night, so I’m hoping you’ll invite me back,” Vice President Biden said mysteriously.
Seth Meyers Debuts New ‘Venn Diagram’ Segment On ‘Late Night’
Seth also debuted Late Night’s first original segment, “Venn Diagrams,” which aims to find humorous common ground between two unrelated topics. As in: “Snow and toilet paper: Two things you won’t find in Sochi,” and “Nicki Minaj and A&E’s Hoarders: Lots of junk in the trunk.”
Our personal favorite was a playful nod to his predecessor Jimmy Fallon, who took over as host of The Tonight Show on Feb. 18. “Jimmy Fallon and your mom having her third glass of wine: Things that happen at 11:30.” “To all the moms out there,” Seth added, “I hope you’re enjoying your fifth glass of wine.”
Well played, Seth. We think you’re going to be a great Late Night host!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Did you enjoy Seth’s debut as the new host of Late Night? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee