Seth Meyers’ A Closer Look has become one of the late-night host’s best bits, thanks to his willingness to spend time researching and developing an in-depth analysis of recent news stories. On Monday night, however, Meyers proved he can also do such bits on the fly, including a live Closer Look review of the night’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as part of his special live episode of Late Night.
The first thing Meyers examined was the lead-up to the debate, which consisted of pumped-up promotion from the likes of CNN. “Based on that intro, you’d think the debate was taking place inside the UFC Octagon,” he said of one spot. Then there was Trump’s campaign, which reportedly faced difficulty teaching the candidate facts and figures. “His head doesn’t have room for facts and figures because it has to hold seven words,” quipped Meyers.
During the debate itself, Trump at times appeared unprepared to match Clinton’s facts, although Meyers also ribbed Clinton for her “patented lukewarm zingers,” including what she referred to as “Trumped-up, trickle-down economics.”
“Nothing like watching Hillary land a joke Sully-style,” Meyers said. “You just expect an explosion of goose feathers. ‘Or as I call it, Trumped-up…’ HONK HONK HONK.”
Ultimately, though, Meyers felt the debate was best summed up not by the candidates’ arguments about trade deals and global warming, but by their esoteric pop culture references to the likes of Howard Stern, Rosie O’Donnell, and Miss Piggy. “And the home of the brave!” Meyers sang.
Watch the clip below.