With his premiere last night, Seth Meyers has officially taken the reigns of the Late Night dynasty. Moving into Studio 8G (right next door to Saturday Night Live’s Studio 8H), Meyers has found a way to merge elements of your standard late night talk show with material typical of his former post as anchor of SNL‘s Weekend Update. With his best friend Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden as guests, Meyers ushered in a solid set of laughs and kicked off his tenure as host of Late Night.
In case you were busy studying for midterms and didn’t catch it live, here are the premiere’s highlights in superlatives:
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Playing to his strengths, Meyers will probably continue using the traditional Weekend Update structure and snark in his monologue. Though it was funny and topical, it struggled between being a monologue, Weekend Update, and a stand-up performance.
This was a hard call with reunions abound: Meyers and Fred Armisen (who is leading the Studio 8G band and ruling life), Meyers and Poehler (who were in the same SNL class in 2001), and Poehler and Biden.
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Armisen said that on top of curating the band and filming Portlandia, he is also producing a show on the History Channel called “Recent History.” It examines events that happened just an hour or so before, but looks at them “with a historical spin, very serious, very dry.” It comes on at 6 or 7 a.m., but he leaves it up to the network to decide.
I know you’re probably thinking: “I just finished House of Cards, I can’t take on a new show in my life right now.” But trust me, Comedy Central’s new comedy series Broad City will have you laughing out loud and waiting for another week of hilarious New York City adventures.
It began as a comedy web series on YouTube by Upright Citizen Brigade performers, and real life best friends, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The story goes that after auditioning for many of UCB’s house improv teams and not getting in, the duo went off and created the alt-comedy gem that is Broad City. The YouTube series has two seasons with each episode usually lasting about five minutes. Each video brings to life a minuscule moment in the pair’s existence, focusing on issues as random as their moms thinking they’re lesbians, dating a guy for laundry privileges, or an afternoon of people watching.
The television show is about Abbi and Ilana just trying to get by in New York City. While it has been compared to Girls, it takes a more optimistic look into the life of a 20something. For example, in last week’s, episode Ilana loses the key to her apartment, and, after calling a sketchy locksmith, they ask him to open the neighbor’s door for fear of him returning to their home. The neighbors arrive to find Abbi and Ilana in their apartment and proceed to mace them, thinking they’re intruders. The girls then live life on the streets, literally homeless. If this were an episode of Girls, Marnie and Hannah would sit on the stoop and talk about how bleak their lives are if they can’t even get into their home. Broad City looks at the struggles of life as opportunities for adventure.
You guys, it’s really happening! NBC made the incredibly wise choice of tapping our dream BFFs Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the 70th Annual Golden Globes on January 13th. Their first official ad as hosts was released today, along with the list of nominees. I, for one, am outraged that Matthew McConaughey was snubbed for his
sultry, drool-worthy inspiring performance in Magic Mike. But hey, Daniel Day Lewis lived as Lincoln for two months, so I guess that’s cool, too.