In case you missed this hysterical story from Chris Pratt on Late Night With Seth Meyers Wednesday night, the Parks And Recreation actor recounted when he opted to take a nude scene — a little too far. Pratt told Meyers, ”It’s kind of funny now because they’re not going to fire me — I don’t think, because we’re going to be done this year. Wait! They could. They sent me a letter saying that I’m not suppose to make a joke about this, so just so you know, this is really serious.” Unlike other comedians whose bad jokes ran afoul with the NBC suits in the past (i.e. Norm MacDonald’s Saturday Night Live Weekend Update stint and then NBC West Coast Executive Don Ohlmeyer), Pratt luckily lived to see another day. He stars in Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, opening Friday. Take a look at Pratt’s sitdown with Meyers:
“Symphony” is NBC parent Comcast-speak for “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” It involves various properties of the company promoting each other. In the case of the star of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham‘s, the music started when the network booked the creator-writer-star to guest host Saturday Night Live for the first time, this weekend. This week, Dunham showed up on NBC’s Late Night, now hosted by former SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers, to help keep up his second-week ratings, during which she plugged this weekend’s SNL . Today, NBC News sent out info about a Dunham interview, taped for tomorrow morning, on Today – from the set of Saturday Night Live — during which she talks to Savannah Guthrie about the fact that she is hosting SNL for the first time, and her love of SNL. In the course of that conversation, which will be broadcast tomorrow, she also plugged Late Night, while answering a question as to whether she came to SNL with any sketch ideas of her own. In that conversation, which will be broadcast tomorrow, Dunham said she asked new-host Meyers for advice about pitching the SNL writers, because she “didn’t want to be the person who shows up for the first day of school with, like, all their pencils sharpened, already knowing all the answers.”
If you can imagine a hybrid of Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” with a traditional weekday late-night show, then you have a pretty good idea what to expect from the first half-hour of the first Late Night With Seth Meyers on NBC. The former SNL star came to his debut show armed with lots of topical jokes following an opening that showed him writing a Thank You note to his predecessor, Jimmy Fallon, vowing to treat Late Night “with respect and dignity and to only use it for original comedy pieces … starting now.” Later he said that he’s going to “shake stuff up and open this thing with a monologue,” in which he poked fun at the Olympics and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and riffed on odds and ends from the news including a 101-year-old man running for Congress. (He “has a good chance of appealing to younger voters because that’s all there is.”) Meyers’ former SNL colleague Fred Armisen does double duty as a leader of the 8G Band and comic sidekick.
The program has several similarities with Fallon’s new Tonight Show, in addition to the fact that both are based in New York. There’s lots of wood in the new set that, with its simple, blue-hued panels, seemed to have been been ordered from Ikea. Also, like Fallon, Meyers kicked off his show without irony thanking Fallon, his parents, his brother, and his wife. He introduced a routine called “Venn Diagrams” in which Meyers finds common ground in two seemingly unrelated subjects. For example, snow and toilet paper are “things you won’t find in Sochi,” and Russia and the NBA are both “places that are more gay-friendly than Arizona.” Meyers loaded up on Olympics gags, including a bit poking fun at Bob Costas’ bout of pink eye.
The morning after he helps Seth Meyers re-launch NBC’s Late Night, VPOTUS Joe Biden will visit ABC’s The View to discuss the Affordable Care Act and “the importance of signing up for health insurance through the marketplace before the March 31 deadline,” ABC said this morning. Biden will sit down with hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy as part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” thread in which they interview political guests. Biden’s a fave of The View, having made three previous visits to the daytime talk show; he made history on April 22, 2010, when he became its first sitting Vice President to sit on the couch. He took the occasion to apologize for his hot-mike F-bomb during the heath care act’s signing ceremony. “I was just thankful my mother couldn’t hear it or see it, and it was a little embarrassing,” he said on the show. “I realized there was a microphone but I had no idea it was that sensitive.”
Joe Biden’s heading back to NBC. Calling it “Must-see TV,” the Vice-President’s office announced today via Twitter that Biden will be appearing on the premiere of Late Night With Seth Meyers on February 24. The Veep will be on the new show alongside Meyers ‘former SNL castmate Amy Poehler, who had already been announced as the show’s first guest. This is not the first time the duo have been on screen together. Biden did a cameo back in November 2012 on Poehler’s Parks And Recreation. Rumored to be seriously looking at a 2016 bid for the Oval Office, Biden got a little bit of fictional political stardust last night at the White House State Dinner for the French President. The real life Veep sat with HBO’s Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus last night at the gathering. The Emmy-winning actress tweeted a pic of the two Veeps together Tuesday. The two last publicly meet up last April for the real VP’s Being Biden social media series.
Seth Meyers tweeted out the news today that his former Saturday Night Live castmate Fred Armisen will lead the band on the new Late Night With Seth Meyers. Armisen, who plays a mean drums (check on the video below), currently stars on IFC’s sketch series Portlandia opposite Carrie Brownstein — another musician who fronted the excellent rock band Sleater-Kinney. She’s not in Meyers’ shot of his new band from his show’s Twitter feed but here’s hoping she’ll sit in at some point. As for Armisen, he “will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia”, Meyers wrote. Meyers’ Late Night debuts February 24:
— Late Night (@LateNightSeth) February 10, 2014
Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers bid farewell to his Weekend Update desk ahead of his move to Late Night, where he’ll debut as host February 24. Meyers was handed the baton – rather, the pickle – last week by Jimmy Fallon. His first slated Late Night guest, ex-Weekend Update co-anchor Amy Poehler, stopped by for the occasion along with fellow alumni Bill Hader (as Stefon) and Andy Samberg in the episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy, who made her third visit to SNL.
“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.
Seth Meyers paid a visit to the Late Night stage last night for an early passing of the torch from Jimmy Fallon, who Meyers will be replacing when Fallon graduates to The Tonight Show next year. The ex-SNLers will be floors apart in NYC’s 30 Rock when they move up the NBC chain after the Winter Olympics:
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Ex-Saturday Night Live regular Seth Meyers is hard at work as the replacement for Jimmy Fallon in the new NBC late-night talk franchise that will be titled Late Night With Seth Meyers. Appearing at an afternoon Comic-Con panel for the new animated superhero comedy series The Awesomes that he co-created — and which premieres exclusively online at Hulu on August 1 — Meyers responded to a question about his new talk gig by noting: “We’re just getting ramped up, building the sets and staffing up. We’re excited to be doing it and to be shooting out of 30 Rock in New York City.” Also featured on this afternoon’s panel were Meyers’ Awesomes co-creator and talk show exec producer Mike Shoemaker as well as series voices Judd Winnick, Bobby Moynihan, Josh Meyers, Keenan Thompson, Taran Killam and Ike Barinholtz.
The real winner here is Lorne Michaels, who now controls all three NBC late night shows. NBC completed its late-night revamp by naming Seth Meyers host of Late Night. He will succeed Jimmy Fallon who is taking over The Tonight Show next spring, replacing Jay Leno. Michaels will executive produce Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Michael Shoemaker will remain with the franchise as producer. Late Night with Seth Meyers will originate from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York which also houses Saturday Night Live and where The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon also will be based. “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “His years at SNL‘s Weekend Update desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise”. Meyers had been the frontrunner to succeed Fallon since NBC announced last month Fallon’s ascendance to The Tonight Show. His appointment means that both The Tonight Show and Late Night will be hosted by former SNL Weekend Update anchors. Additionally, it solidifies Michaels’ status as NBC’s late-night king as he will executive produce The Tonight Show, Late Night and SNL. “I only have to work for Lorne …