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Seth Meyers, who is Saturday Night Live's longest serving anchor on the show's wildly popular "Weekend Update," takes over as host of NBC's "Late Night" — home to A-list celebrity guests, memorable comedy and the best in musical talent.As the Emmy Award-winning head writer for "SNL," Meyers has established a reputation for sharp wit and perfectly timed comedy, and has gained fame for his spot-on jokes and satire. Meyers takes his departure from "SNL" to his new post at "Late Night," as Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show.

 
Episode Title: Keri Russell, Sen. Ted Cruz, Smallpools
Airs: 2015-3-16 at 12:35 am
  • Jeff Jensen

    Meyers seems capable of creating chemistry and having quality chats with anyone, from riding the wild waves of Kanye West to spinning a funny anecdote with pal Brad Paisley about accidentally stealing a Porsche. A talk-show host good at talking? Fancy that.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Right now he’s as bland as Carson Daly.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Meyers is talented and interesting enough that I shouldn't be watching his premiere and wishing that Stefon had shown up instead of Joe Biden.... The monologue was nothing much. Meyers at least seemed instantly comfortable, at home, once he finished a string of so-so punchlines and sat down behind the desk.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    His monologue was staccato and hit and miss--sounding more like his "Weekend Update" bits than a real monologue. And his first attempt at a recurring bit, "Venn Diagrams," was overly clinical and less than funny, despite some good material.... The back-to-back segments of Poehler and Biden offered an early hint that Meyers really can do interviews and that worries over that element of his arsenal are exaggerated.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kevin Fallon

    With all of the hype leading up to Meyers's debut on Late Night, it was disappointing that his opening monologue was scrappy.... On his own, Meyers was merely OK, especially considering that Fred Armisen, who leads Late Night's house band, was such a nonentity. Then Amy Poehler came on and everything was just splendid.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Meyers is likable and pleasant, and the first show probably isn't a good indication of what his Late Night will eventually be like. In the early going, though, there isn't much fresh happening there.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Late Night with Seth Meyers felt totally professional and not at all embarrassing--which means it also felt standard and boilerplate.

    Slate Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Needs improvement, but it’ll make it. The goal should be to fit the show to Meyers’ obvious strengths, not try to fit Meyers to the show’s template.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Meyers's first monologue was all down-the-middle one-liners, delivered in the exact "Weekend Update" cadence.... Meyers settled in more once he sat down at his desk.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    It was... safe, reasonable, unembarrassing, uninspirational.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    [Meyers] was shaky only fleetingly. He stuck his landings. He was cool, but clearly having fun.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    You get a lot of jokes per minute from Meyers, and on Monday at least, most of them worked.... Time of course will tell, but Late Night once again seems to be in good hands.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The articulate comic whose charm is deftly walking the balance beam between cool guy and geek was at his best when he was simply conversing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    The monologue was the sharpest part of Meyers’ first hour on the air (a departure from Fallon, whose monologue has never been his strength)–brisk, punctuated with self-deprecation, and wide-rangingly topical.... The distinguishing thing about the first night of Seth Meyers, in other words, was Seth Meyers, and the hour dropped little hints about how his personality and interests might shape the show.

    Time Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Mr. Meyers was at ease and disarming in his new role as a talk show host.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    Newly minted Late Night host Seth Meyers hit a few early potholes during his inaugural show Monday night--but eventually found his sea legs and drove his new 12:35 p.m. show to a solid, if unspectacular, debut.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    As always, you can't judge a late-night host by a first show. But Meyers' debut indicates that his blend of intelligence and goofy humor will be a welcome addition to the crowded late-night neighborhood.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • David Sims

    Fred Armisen is a surprising choice as bandleader, but he brings unequaled improv chops to the table, and his little banter with Seth every night has already proven one of the more reliably funny bits. Integrating him as much as possible is certainly a smart idea. Meyers, like Fallon, is also a more-than-capable interviewer.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Late Night lets the host act a little more relaxed, and Meyers uses that freedom well.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Virtually nothing about this latest Late Night exhibited a whiff of freshness or originality.... On the plus side, Meyers came across as relaxed and loose, riffing on his show’s micro-budget and acknowledging the jokes that fell flat. The writing, however, simply wasn’t that strong.

    Variety Full Review