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Seth Meyers Ditched The Monologue… Probably After Watching Comedy Bang! Bang!


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Fans of the Late Show (read: everyone) may have noticed a slight change in the show: Seth Meyers no longer does an opening monologue. While those monologues have become hallmarks of the genre with everyone from Johnny Carson to David Letterman to Jimmy Fallon using the opening moments of their respective shows to perform a pint-sized stand-up routine, there’s no Late Night Law that requires them and it’s fun to see Seth make the switch.

Discussing the change with the New York Times he said, “I’ve always, obviously, been comfortable behind a desk. It seemed like it was time to give it a shot.” As Paste points out, Seth got his job at Late Night because of his skill behind the Weekend Update desk on Saturday Night Live. Letting him skip the monologue, lets his talent shine.

The clever minds over at Paste also figured out where Seth might have gotten the idea: Comedy Bang! Bang!. A few years ago, when How I Met Your Mother and The Avengers star Cobie Smulders stopped by the show for its “pilot episode,” Scott Aukerman went all out to impress her with his “brand new” talk show. To give Comedy Bang! Bang! an authentic late night feel, Scott even performed an opening monologue worthy of any late night talk show, saying things like, “Lindsay Lohan is in the news again! Apparently she’s in trouble with the law! I don’t know, she’s been punished more severely than the seat of Kim Kardashian’s 501s!” By the end of the episode, Cobie had left and Scott had given up on the late-night format and done away with the opening monologue to give us the Comedy Bang! Bang! we know and love.

Watch the clip now and you’ll see that CBB and Late Night are both better without the monologue:

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Comedy Bang! Bang! airs on IFC on Thursdays at 10:30p

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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