By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
As Jimmy Fallon enjoys sky-high ratings on The Tonight Show after replacing Jay Leno, with super guests like Michelle Obama, Justin Timberlake, Will Smith, and Cameron Diaz, Fallon’s old Late Night show is now being hosted by the hilarious Seth Meyers. The comic, who became popular for his fake news reporting “Weekend Update” skit on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL), has enjoyed high ratings in his first week on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Besides SNL skits, Meyers gained respect when he was invited in 2011 by President Barack Obama to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, where the organization of journalists had him deliver the “roast”, a humorous speech that pokes fun at people who actually want you to joke about them. Meyers is also apparently quite the card shark, having won the third season of Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown, where he donated the $100,000 prize to a charity.
Before Meyers and Fallon, Late Night grew in popularity during the 1980s with host David Letterman’s ability to blend unpredictably strange behavior with thought-provoking discussion. Then, Conan O’Brien’s silly brand of humor expanded the show’s following even more. As for the talk show style differences between ex-host Fallon and new host Meyers, The Tonight Show‘s celebrity guests are mainly used for silly games and skits after being praised by Fallon during the sit-down, while Late Night seems to have more serious conversations with them. This week, Meyers held hilarious and informative discussions with Kanye West, Vice President Joe Biden, and popular comedian Amy Poehler, among others.
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