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.
As the celebration of Hanukkah came to a close last night, Jacob, Seth Meyers’ podiatrist’s son and a recent Bar Mitzvah, came on Weekend Update to share the story of Hanukkah with SNL viewers. His telling of the bravery of the Maccabees and the evil King Antiochus is done in the way any 13-year-old Jewish boy communicates with a large audience when in the spotlight: he reads so slowly that it hurts and clearly annunciates, thanks the individuals involved in helping him reach this pivotal stage in his life, tells his brother that he still loves him (even though they fight), and makes awkward jokes about his parents. Oh, and like every 13-year-old boy in New York, he likes the Yankees (Ed.- I was a Mets fan).
If you’ve ever been to a Bar Mitzvah before, you’ll know that Vanessa Bayer is so spot-on that it literally hurts. If you haven’t, you’ll realize that you really haven’t missed anything by not having attended one. Mazel Tov!
#WeekdayUpdate: In recent news, Seth Meyers addressed students in Salomon DECI this evening. Among other things, he told stories of bar fights in Vegas, answered Brown students’ questions, and read recent provocative Weekend Update headlines that producers wouldn’t allow on air. In case you missed out on the festivities, check out some pictures below:
Spring is almost upon us: the clocks have sprung forward, and students have flocked to the Main Green to enjoy the pleasant weather and sunshine. Sun’s out, fun’s out.
With March Madness, St. Patty’s Day and a visit from Seth Meyers on the horizon, it’s only fitting we look to SNL’s “Weekend Update” city correspondent, Stefon, for advice on New York’s hottest spring spots. Yes, we are in Providence and not in NYC, but I don’t think many of us would be surprised to find out clubs like these actually exist in this glorious city. Allow this clip to help better acquaint you with Seth Meyers before his visit to campus on Tuesday. If you’re brave enough, ask him about the long-awaited smooch between the dynamic duo, instigated by Stefon (4:10), who’s always had a thing for Seth — perhaps he was inspired to action by Carly Rae Jepsen?