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:
Best Throwback to Saturday Night Live
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.
Most Innovative New Television Show
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.
Most Likely to be a Recurring Segment
In “Venn Diagram,” Meyers finds two things that don’t seem to go together and find their common ground. The funniest one of the evening was finding the intersection between alcoholics and medical sales reps to be contestants on The Bachelor.
Husband of the Year Award
On a Valentine’s Day adventure with his wife, Meyers was anything but helpful when their car had a flat tire. Meyers said the extent of his knowledge about cars is being “an expert at calling Triple A.” A man inside a diner offered to help Meyers’ wife, but “the last thing he expected to see was her husband sitting in the car.” Meyers was patiently waiting for help by playing Scrabble on his iPad while carrying their sweater-wearing dog.
Most Exciting News of the Evening
Poehler was very pleased to mention that Broad City has been renewed for a second season on Comedy Central. When Meyers asked Biden and Poehler about their 2016 plans, Biden said he didn’t want to take away attention from Meyers’ premiere, and Poehler (jokingly) announced she is running for president. We’ll probably seeing a lot of Poehler on SNL in 2016.