Seth Meyers Transitions to Late Night But Keeps ‘SNL’ Vibe

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Seth Meyers is now officially out from the SNL “Weekend Update” anchor’s chair and behind the Late Night desk, filling the hosting shoes of Jimmy Fallon. Meyers had his first show on Monday, with Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden as his guests. Meyers started the night by borrowing Fallon’s “Thank you note” skit, writing one to Fallon. Meyers thanked his predecessor for moving on to 11:30 p.m. so Meyers could take over at 12:30 a.m., and promised to only do “do completely original comedy pieces … starting now.”

He’s swapped desks and sets, but the SNL veteran still had the inflection of “Weekend Update” in his voice as he delivered jokes about current events. Lines from his monologue could have easily fit into his fake newscasts, like his report on a recent legislative development from Georgia. “A bill passed through the Georgia State Legislature that would allow people to carry firearms into churches, because I believe it was Jesus who said, ‘Everybody down on the floor, put your wallets in this bag.’” Meyers also unveiled a new bit called “Venn Diagrams,” in which he finds the common ground between two items. Last night’s rendition concluded that the shared space between ”people who wear fedoras” and ”people who are cool” was Indiana Jones.

Other bits of Meyers’ SNL past were sprinkled throughout the show. Fred Armisen is the show’s band leader, several SNL producers (including Lorne Michaels) are filling that role for Late Night, and Poehler was the show’s first guest. Poehler’s presence allowed Meyers to comfortably slip into an easy interview with his former colleague. With amusing, fast-paced conversation, Poehler was a great first guest – a role she was happy to have for the show.

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