Ken Tucker
September 14, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

It’s The Jay Leno Show! Jay comes out to cheering crowds, shaking hands! Kevin Eubanks and a band play faux-funk! Jay tells topical jokes that are mostly about last week! (Hey, a “You lie!” gag!) (No, two of them!) Jay does taped pieces, such as a Cheaters parody!

As first guest Jerry Seinfeld said, “I’m trying to grasp what’s going on here.” Jerry said this while sitting in a blue chair across from Jay, also in a blue chair. Well, there’s something new: no desk — just chairs!

The one moment of spontenaity occurred during an unplanned interview with Kanye West, who’d been booked to perform with Jay-Z and Rihanna. You can read about that segment in my earlier blog post.

I’m not going to mention the seemingly-endless taped piece set in a car-wash, lest it seem as though I’m piling on Leno on his first night. Oh, I almost forgot: He did funny-headlines! I’ll keep watching for the rest of his debut week, to see if The Jay Leno Show gets any, um, different-er.

Did you watch? What did you think?

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