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PopSyd: ‘Late Night’ with Meyers

26 February 2014 By Sydney Adamson, Associate Art Director No Comments

In last week’s column, I discussed Jimmy Fallon’s highly anticipated “Tonight Show” debut on NBC. This week former head-writer of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL), Seth Meyers, graciously took Fallon’s place as the new host of “Late Night.”

I was incredibly antsy to see what Meyer’s could bring to the table – er, desk, rather – during his first show, but unfortunately his first “Late Night” appearance fell just short of my expectations.

Meyers began the show with a quick cold open. He mimicked the “thank you note” sketch Fallon performed during his “Late Night” time, writing, “Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for taking over “The Tonight Show” at 11:30 so I could take over Late Night at 12:30. I promise to treat it with respect and dignity, and to only use it to do completely original comedy pieces… starting now.”

His first monologue was funny but a bit awkward at times. He approached his jokes in the same way he did as head anchor of “Weekend Update” on “SNL” and while the familiarity was surely comforting for “SNL” fans, the jokes seemed a bit too short and the pauses between were a bit off.

The jokes themselves were mostly comical, though, apart from a few flops. However, Meyers more than made up for it with a joke about Taco Bell that got big laughs:

“Taco Bell has announced plans to start serving breakfast – it’s perfect for those occasions when you wake up drunk.”

As for his guests, Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden were the first to grace Meyer’s bright and shiny new set.

But in Meyers’ interview with Poehler, the comedienne just about stole the show.

She cracked joke after joke with friend and fellow former “SNL” cast member Fred Armisen, who was there to lead the 8G band.

Poehler went on tangents about Joaquin Phoenix and the Golden Globes, George Clooney and “show-biz” parties.

She even directed the conversation at some points, almost as if she were the one with the new hosting gig, instead of Meyers.

Even though this wasn’t quite the first show I was expecting from Meyers, I know that the program is still in a transition period.

Jokes will be tweaked, features will be altered and with that, I’m sure Meyers’ talent will be able to shine much brighter than it did on his Monday night debut.

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