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Thoughts on Late Night with Seth Myers

Keith Higgons

Posted on May 8, 2018 15:23

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The battle for late night television ended years ago. Well, kinda.

I never had any real feelings about Seth Myers. On SNL, he was fine. He was reliable and funny but not really outstanding. When he took over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon, I recall shrugging.

About a year ago I stumbled onto a Late Night with Seth Myers "A Closer Look" segment. Well, this resulted in a multi-hour deep dive into Late Night with Seth Myers on YouTube (where he has an impressive presence). I had egregiously misjudged how sharp, intelligent and funny Seth Myers is.

Look, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is fine; although I think Colbert tries too hard. Jimmy Kimmel Live has some really strong moments. I’m nonplussed about The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is hosted by a comedian who never was funny, is not funny and never will be funny. Where the others have an opinion and bite, Fallon is devoid of opinion and has the bite of a 14 year old toothless Chihuahua who lives off dog food puree.

Comparatively, Late Night with Seth Myers stands out for sitting during his monologue but more importantly, the irreverent sketches and segments, his incisive humor and unabashed opinion about current events.

I’ll say it; Seth Myers picks up where Jon Stewart left off. I'm not saying they're the same or that one is better than the other, but it's a fact that after Jon Stewart retired, Myers leaned in a little harder to politics and happens to share a similar intelligence and humor with Stewart.

Of course, in our current sociological and political climate, it would seem impossible for a comedian to fail …  well, almost, see The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Seth Myers has excelled where his colleagues, and traditional news outlets struggle. Late Night will hold truth to power. With "A Closer Look", "Amber Says What" and "A Couple Things", the Late Night team bites … and the bites are consistently sharp and funny. That owes as much to Myers as it does to his talented writers (whose alumni include the recently vilified White House Correspondents Dinner host Michelle Wolf).

Like Wolf, Seth Myers also hosted the WHCD and got the ire of Donald Trump. In a recent Politico article, Myers states that he was close to having candidate Trump on, but during the negotiation, with none other than Michael Cohen, Trump would ONLY appear if Myers apologized for the things he said when he hosted the WHCD.

To date, Donald Trump has not appeared on Late Night.

Comedy is subjective, but objectively speaking Seth Myers delivers his show with a confidence and a "take it or leave it" attitude that most resembles vintage David Letterman. And like Letterman did before him, Myers and staff seem to be saying "It's 12:30 am, no one watches anyway." Well, we're watching.

Late Night with Seth Myers successfully marches to the beat of its own drummer and, as a result, delivers a brilliant show.

Keith Higgons

Posted on May 8, 2018 15:23

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