Seth Meyers absolutely killed during his time at NBC’s upfront presentation on Monday, when he stole the Radio City Music Hall show.
His targets included Donald Trump, big boss Bob Greenblatt, and NBCU Ad Sales Chair Linda Yaccarino. Punches were not pulled, but punchlines were terrific.
Here are Meyers’ seven best jokes, in order of presentation:
“Thank you, everyone, I’m so happy to be here. And thank you, NBC, not only for inviting me, but for giving me the coveted end of the presentation slot when the audience is at their most energetic. As a performer you always want your jokes to be the thing between an audience and an open bar — And if it can be 12:30 on a Monday, all the better.”
“And let me just say, today really puts into focus how spoiled I am to follow Jimmy Fallon every night. If I had to follow ‘The Tonight Show Starring Linda Yaccarino and the Future of Branded Content,’ I have to think it would affect my ratings.”
“But here we are, back at Radio City for the second year in a row. I’ve always dreamed of performing on this stage. Of course, in the dream it wasn’t for upfronts.”
“But still, so many great acts have graced this stage. Sinatra. Beyonce. [Dolly] Parton and [Bob] Greenblatt. I might be wrong about this, but I think that’s the last time they performed together.”
(Greenblatt accompanied Parton on piano during the 2015 event.)
“And of course, the last event NBC held here was Adele first’s live performance in four years. But you guys! You guys get to find out what The Chiller Network is up to!”
“E! is here. The network is home to ‘Fashion Police’ — the only police force that disproportionately targets white people.”
“This is the first time NBC and Telemundo are together for one upfront. And based on what happens in the Presidential election, maybe the last? Might be hard to hear each other over Donald Trump’s wall.”
The Meyers set came after a lengthy NBCUniversal presentation of its fall season slate — but it wasn’t the early session’s only provided laughs. Jimmy Fallon opened the show with an excellent “Hamilton” spoof, the details of which can be seen here.
We’ll find out tomorrow what Fallon rival Jimmy Kimmel has in store for those at the ABC upfront. He’s got two tough acts to follow now.
Comb through NBC’s actual fall schedule here.