Last night, Seth Meyers officially became the fourth host of NBC's Late Night show. Two Wire writers tried to suppress their crushes on Seth and Amy Poehler, his first guest, to objectively analyze his performance. They (mostly) succeeded, but did Seth? Let's find out.
We’re both Seth fans to begin with, so what do we think he did well here?
Esther: Well, the monologue was basically a standing up version of Weekend Update—eschewing many major topics for weird news—and I like Seth’s Weekend Update so I was okay with that. He, naturally, looked a little uncomfortable, but was still miles more at ease than Jimmy was when he started out doing Late Night. One of my favorite things he did in the entire show was at the very very end, when he said, “I’d love to do like five hours of notes.” He’s learning and he’ll only keep getting better.
Connor: The monologue as standing Update was something that I’m hoping he’ll ease out of as he becomes more comfortable. It was alright for day one — God knows Jimmy’s first week on The Tonight Show rehashed his Late Night greatest hits, but at 11:30 — but I’m hoping Seth evolves past that two-sentence construction at some point. Jokes can be long! His story about needing to change a tire on his car was a great starting point — more authentic Seth Meyers, please. He was great, but I’m excited to see how he’s handling these segments in a month from now. The foundation is there — they just need to build the support around him. (More on construction later.)