NEW YORK — Making his debut as host of "Late Night" on Monday,
Meyers opened the
But in most ways, Meyers' debut bore little resemblance to Fallon's unveiling last week, which included a rooftop performance by U2 and a slew of celebrity cameos.
The 40-year-old comedian, who spent almost 13 years on
After the opening nod to Fallon, Meyers joked he was going to "shake things up" by beginning with a monologue. "Tonight begins a new chapter in the history of late night television," he began. "Tonight Doris Kearns Goodwin makes her 100th appearance on 'Charlie Rose.'"
The monologue was reminiscent in style and cadence to his "Weekend Update" segments, full of rapid-fire one-liners about the day's headlines. In response to a proposed new law in Arizona that would make it legal for businesses to refuse service to gay people, Meyers quipped, "Some businesses have already put up signs that read 'Nice shirt, nice shoes, no service.'"
Though he lacked the giddy enthusiasm that marked Fallon's first "Tonight" outing last week, Meyers frequently acknowledged the show as a work in progress, noting that a monologue joke about UPS had bombed with the studio audience and making fun of his low-budget graphics.
After some banter with his bandleader and fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum
The overlap between "people who wear fedoras" and "people who are cool," for instance, was Indiana Jones.
Meyers, a sports fan, also presented a wrap-up of the Sochi Olympics. In a bit called "
For his first guest, Meyers welcomed
"You are going to do such a wonderful job," Poehler said of Meyers' new talk-show gig. "I have watched you for 13 years pretend to listen to people."
Biden — whom Poehler described as a "gorgeous charm monster" — was relegated to the second guest slot of the evening, but he didn't seem to mind. The vice president chatted about his disdain for
Meyers, who thrived in political humor at "SNL," writing
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