Late Night With Seth Meyers: 'Costas-Vision' and More Favorite Moments from the Premiere

Seth Meyers First Late NightIn a lot of ways, Monday’s premiere of NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers felt like a walk down Saturday Night Live Memory LaneAfter going into full-on “Weekend Update” mode with his opening monologue, Meyers palled around with Amy Poehler, all the while letting band leader Fred Armisen be as weird/talented as he pleased.

That, plus a visit from Vice President Joe Biden – who was forced to awkwardly address the time he referred to NYC’s LaGuardia as a “third-world” airport — made for a fairly solid Late Night debut.

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While it didn’t quite match the manic, star-fueled vivacity of Jimmy Fallon‘s Tonight Show premiere, TVLine managed to hone in on several parts we enjoyed, and definitely want to see more of:

MEYERS GETS PERSONAL | Honestly, we never thought we’d be this interested in Meyers’ personal life. A shout-out to his wife in the audience led to a charming, self-deprecating tale about a recent weekend getaway in Connecticut — and then came the pièce de résistance: a photo of Meyers holding his tiny greyhound puppy. Did we mention it was wearing a tiny fleece jacket? That part’s pretty crucial.

VENN DIAGRAMS | Prior to Late Night, the term “Venn diagram” gave us nothing but nightmarish flashbacks to grammar school. Now, thanks to Meyers’ hilarious segment, we can all feel free to laugh again. (Our favorite: “Snow + toilet paper = things you won’t find in Sochi.”)

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COSTAS-VISION | Those who insist Pink Eye is no laughing matter clearly missed Meyers’ “Costas-Vision” segment, which revealed what the Olympics looked like through the infected eye(s) of NBC anchor Bob Costas.

A TOUCH OF STEFON | You had to look closely to notice it, but perched atop Meyers’ Late Night desk was a tiny Russian Doll-style Stefon figure. Somewhere, Bill Hader was smiling — and probably covering his mouth and giggling.

What did you think of Meyers’ Late Night debut? Vote in the poll below, then head to the comments section with your reviews.

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34 Comments
  1. Nicky C says:

    The monologue (wannabe Weekend Update?) was really awkward. And wow he was so nervous! But the show really picked up when Amy came on.

    I think Seth would do better to cut back on scripted jokes and just talk naturally. The interview portion of the show was really entertaining

    Fallon and Conan’s very first LN shows weren’t great either, so I hope people don’t write off LNSM straight away.

    • Rowan77 says:

      Nicky, monologues are always scripted. This was also his first show, so of course he’s nervous. Fallon was nervous when he started doing Late Night, as was Conan. Give him a break. He’ll be fine.

    • The Beach says:

      I have to agree. The opening monologue was awkward and not particularly funny (blame the joke writers?) and I cringed a few times, but once he sat down and settled in he was fine. His self-deprecating story of the flat tire was the highlight of the show for me.

    • S. from A. says:

      I once was at the monologue rehearsal for LNJF. Everything was scripted! They basically read from cue cards.

  2. Eliza says:

    I love Amy Poehler. I really do.

  3. Lindsey says:

    I enjoyed it. Yes, the monologue was a lot like weekend update, but… that is how Seth got most of his fans. He needs to relax a little bit. Other than that, it was good.

  4. Laura says:

    Admittedly a little awkward- but it fared much better than Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night debut in 2009. For those who remember, Jimmy’s debut was downright painful to watch (this coming from someone who has loved Jimmy Fallon since his first SNL sketch). Smart move to have Amy on first up, once she came on it was a lot more enjoyable. He’ll find what works for him eventually- but, until then, it’ll be a rather bumpy ride.

    • Jon says:

      In fairness to Jimmy, he had the World’s Worst Premiere Guest — the monosyllabic, almost hostile Robert DeNiro. Great actor, horrible talk show guest. Still, I saw potential in Jimmy (as I do with Seth) and became a huge fan of LNJF soon afterward.

  5. Esaul says:

    I enjoyed some of the monologue jokes. Can’t expect perfection on the first show! Loved Seth Meyers though. I think he’ll do well!

  6. Jack says:

    Where was the Stefon Doll? Great opening, to what will be a great series in late night. Seth Meyers all day!!!!!

    • ktbanks says:

      It’s on his desk next to his pencil mug.

      I thought he did a good job on his first show. The nerves were a bit visible, but as time goes on he’ll settle into the job nicely!

  7. Tran 2.0 says:

    I give Late Night with Seth Meyers an A and here’s my THANK YOU note: Thank you NBC for having both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon & Late Night with Seth Meyers to shake up the network’s late night line-up so that if they prevail in the ratings in the years to come I’ll be one very happy man but if any late night host do something about it, they better send in Jack Bauer. LOL :-)

  8. Shar says:

    I know it’s petty but they need to re-think the guest chairs and perhaps even the desk. The set looked like second hand stuff from a principal’s office and poor Amy seemed to be uncomfortable and not sure which way to turn.

    • The Beach says:

      So true. The set was definitely cheap looking. Get a new (better) desk and chairs and move the desk out a little and the chairs back a bit. That way Seth can be turned sideways but the guest is in 3/4.

      • Jon says:

        Right? It looked like the conference room at a Holiday Inn. Tiny desk, cheap chairs and an awkward platform that looks like an accident waiting to happen. Honestly, neither this set nor the new Tonight Show set is as cool as Jimmy’s old LNJF set, IMO (which looked like a gorgeous vintage theater that was unexpectedly discovered at 30 Rock).

        Also, Fred’s Brooklyn hipster band is pretty colorless and wan compared to The Roots…

  9. Sarah says:

    The set was awful

    • Hermione says:

      Yea, what’s with the desk? Has there ever been a late night desk where the host’s feet are exposed?? Such a nit pick but I can’t help it. He needs a new desk and new chairs ASAP as possible. Aside from that, I LOVED IT.

    • Tran 2.0 says:

      Question for Sarah: is it the shades of blue or the entire set? I thought the set was AWESOME!!

      • Sarah says:

        Didn’t mind the blue. It was the seats and the desk.Hermione said it, the whole seeing his feet thing and the wheels of his chair. Looked cheap.

    • Steven says:

      I agreed it looked like they took furniture out of someone’s garage and decided to use them for the show.

  10. Christina says:

    The chairs look really uncomfortable and the set looks awkward not very welcoming.

  11. David4 says:

    I agree with the set is horrible. I looks like an old school junk that was thrown together. Fallon’s new set isn’t as nice as his old one either.

    If they are going to make it look like the 50s, they need to smoke during the show. They can’t so do a more modern feel with the old fashion.

  12. Diz says:

    I didn’t care much for any of it & was falling asleep.

  13. Noah says:

    I definitely thought he seemed nervous, but think he’ll settle in nicely in the weeks ahead. The monologue did feel a bit awkward – I thought the jokes were funny, but it felt more like “Weekend Update” being delivered while standing rather than a monologue. Again, when he’s more comfortable, I think it’ll seem more natural.

    Loved the overall feel of the set, but totally agree that the desk and chairs need to be changed. I like the mid-century feel of them, but the scale seems off. Amy Poehler looked like she barely fit in her chair and she’s tiny!

  14. Linderella says:

    There’s no reason he has to be standing up to start the show. It would have been funnier IMHO to have a desk in the middle of the stage. His monologue was EXACTLY like Weekend Update – especially his delivery. He is not a stand-up comic like Jimmy or Jay. I loved the segment with Amy. And who knew Seth is such a wuss! I loved the story. Give it a chance. He’ll figure it out.

  15. DR Fay says:

    ok… it’s the 1st show… writing-wise, I’m willing to give it time… however… what is up with the set??? The desk and chairs looked REALLY cramped and incredibly uncomfortable. despite how the stars feel sitting there, TV is VISUAL and impressions of the audience count. the stage where he delivered the monologue was beautiful….what the hell happened to the interview area????

  16. Jillian says:

    The monologue was really really awkward and too Weekend Update-like. Hopefully he fixes this in the near future. I did not like the look of the staging either. It was very awkward and uncomfortable when they zoomed in on Seth and the guests. I understand he’s trying to be different than Fallon/Leno/Conan/Letterman, but they need to fix the stage ASAP. Have the traditional chair + couch combo and call it a day.

    The highlight of the show was Amy Poehler. When Parks and Rec is eventually done, she NEEDS to have her own late night show. It would far exceed all of the late night shows on currently.

  17. Definitely needs to find a balance between scripted and improvising, or at least find a way to make the current level work. Ferguson and Conan both have a pretty healthy amount of improv (hell if not for the picture gags in Craig’s monologue I’d buy it if I was told it was purely improvised), Letterman’s more scripted and just hashed out his timing, and Fallon just sort of invests (might be more but that’s what I take away from his technique).

  18. London says:

    First two jokes were tired, awful plus he make a major factual error in referring to a president in Canada. And the show has more than 10 writers! I quickly switched to my fav late night show, Craig Ferguson. Not surprising Seth had a former SNL star on. NBC did same thing when Fallon started out. Myers like Fallon is a skit person, not a stand-up comedian. I may watch the Seth show again to see if his writers can produce funnier and factually correct material.

  19. Louise says:

    The set simply MUST have bigger, low-back, comfy chairs with upolstery that covers the legs and reaches the floor. Seth is not a large man, but makes his desk look small (which means it must be REALLY small!). So, a nice big desk with a front modesty panel now, PLEASE! Changing gears: I loved the monologue. It was like weekend update because that’s Seth’s style, He makes a statement, then comments on it. You don’t quite know where he’s going, but 19 times out of 20 it’s gonna be hilarious. And 95% is A-okay in my book. I have to confess I like everyone on latenight TV and Seth is a welcome addition. We are really spoiled for choice…

  20. ditto on Seth Meyers’ Goodwill furnitiure.

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