“I’m one of the few SNL cast members who managed to parlay my acting ability into being a writer,” quipped Seth Meyers Sunday afternoon at TCA, where the ex-SNL head scribe announced that his first Late Night guest will be fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler. Late Night With Seth Meyers premieres Monday, February 24, and Meyers will sign off from Weekend Update on Feb. 1, he said, calling the departure “heartbreaking”. Meyers and producer Mike Shoemaker are still hammering out details of the show’s lineup. But Meyers, who ran the Weekend Update desk during his tenure at SNL, said he aims to include a similar news-oriented segment and interview fictional people in addition to real-life celebrities from showbiz figures to authors, athletes, and politicians. Keeping in late-night tradition the new show will run a long monologue, two or three comedy bits, musical guests and talent interviews, and stand-up acts.
Meyers inherits the Late Night chair from a long line of heralded hosts. He watched a ton of Johnny Carson videos on YouTube, admiring his deftness interviewing guests. “He always brought out the best in them,” he said. Meyers sounded particularly excited to introduce new comedy characters to late-night TV. “The legacy of late night is you get to do weird things. People are more patient with it,” Meyers said, promising new characters in the vein of Weekend Update favorites Drunk Uncle and Stefon adding, “[SNL and Late Night writer] Alex Baze and I wrote Taran Killam’s Jebidiah Atkinson character and as soon as we did we thought, ‘We should have waited six months!’”