Jimmy Fallon isn’t the only reason to keep your TV tuned to NBC while nodding off after a long day: Starting tonight, Saturday Night Live and Weekend Update star Seth Meyers will be taking over Late Night at 12:35. (So technically, it’s Tuesday morning, but who’s keeping track?) The newly minted host took a moment from the frenzy of his weekday debut to talk to The Observer about diversity in the writers’ room, Fred Armisen’s music curation, and a potential True Detective parody.
Let me say something in complete honesty: I have never watched a full episode of The Tonight Show. I mean, I get why people like it, or at least intellectually I do: Jay Leno is a man of the people! He loves cars! His jokes appeal to the lowest common denominator and his sketches are so completely innocuous as to not offend anyone (except the celebrated figures they mock,) that they actually transcend themselves to pieces of bizarre performance art.
But as Leno left his perch as the host of The Tonight Show for the third time last night–waved off the stage by a host of celebrity friends and MC’d in the most ridiculous music segment of all time by Billy Crystal–I just had to pause for a second. This is a time for reflection, to actually sit and look at the broad expanse of 5,742 shows (approximately) and ask “What the hell WAS that?”
Mayor Bill de Blasio took his infamous “dad humor” to The Daily Show this evening, where he took jabs at the Upper East Side and his predecessor Michael Bloomberg, and proved he could eat pizza like a normal New Yorker: with his hands, according to a mayoral pool report.
“What else could we do to the Upper East Side?” asked host Jon Stewart, who earlier had joked about the new mayor shipping snow to the tony neighborhood, where some residents complained about cleanup after last month’s second major snowstorm.
Taking a cue from his former employer, Jimmy Fallon replacement Seth Meyers has taken Late Night where no talk show has gone before: by hiring certified black woman Amber Ruffin for their writers’ room. It is believed that Ms. Ruffin will be the first woman of color–any color–to write on staff for a network late night talk show.
In the history of late night.
Let that sink in for a moment.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been generating plenty of headlines lately, but the biggest news seems to be that the U.S. actually cares.
Toronto’s infamous crack-smokin’, oft-sweating mayor has made waves in the past week for such admirable feats as talking about oral sex on live TV, and bowling over a charming little old lady in city council.
But during the past five days I spent visiting my glorious hometown, there was one Rob Ford story that seemed to dominate the local news networks: that Mr. Ford is being mentioned on American late night comedy shows.
Yesterday, Ben Affleck returned to Late Night to talk to Jimmy Fallon about appearing about Batman in Zack Snyder’s new film. Don’t worry you guys, it seemed he got all our letters. “I’m a big boy,” Mr. Affleck told Fallon about dealing with the online critics, which is something we’re really looking forward to him saying in his big boy latex suit as the Dark Knight(tm?).
Last night Jimmy Fallon premiered the latest version of his much-loved segment, “Brian Williams Raps,” in which the editors supercut years worth of news footage to make seem like the NBC Nightly News anchor is covering hip hop classics. (Former segements have included Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” and Warren G’s “Regulate.”)
Yesterday, we were introduced to BriWi’s rendition of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations.” Check it out below.
Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer stopped by The Colbert Report last night as part of his comeback campaign for city comptroller–and got quite a beating.
Host Stephen Colbert mercilessly ribbed the former “Luv Guv,” beginning his attack even before Mr. Spitzer had walked into the studio. The brief interview included some of the most pointed questions Mr. Spitzer has had to face since he jumped into the race.
Hurricane Sandy is doing more than just canceling your plans, it is also wrecking late night tv. Jimmy Kimmel had planned to host a week of shows out of BAM’s Harvey theatre in downtown Brooklyn. But alas, tonight’s show was called off, the Times reports.
Part of the problem was the logistics of getting a live studio audience when the subways, tunnels and bridges close and people are being urged to stay home.
Tom Hanks is continuing what can only be described as an “apology tour” after blowing up ABC’s spot with a big F-bomb on Good Morning America while promoting Cloud Atlas last week. First he showed up on Saturday Night Live for two segments, and last night he appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform some slam poetry about Full House. No, we don’t know why, either.