Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019)

I’ve never seen a Seth Meyers stand-up routine before so I have no clue how this compares to his usual output, but I found it to be absolutely charming and entertaining from beginning to end. Mind you, the content of his routine is rather limited, as he basically goes over politics and his home life as a husband and father, but it’s precisely that lived-in familiarity – and the ease with which he invites the audience in but also sets boundaries – that make watching him so satisfying. His home life is obviously a source of tremendous personal satisfaction and it comes through in both his body language as well as the manner in which he chooses to tell stories: His word usage is simple but carefully crafted, constantly referring to “his wife” (thereby reminding the audience of his non-public life as husband-and-father) but never in possessive terms, and reminding the audience how much he loves his wife has the benefit of reminding coupled viewers how lucky they are to have found their partners as well (if you happen to be happy in your relationship, that is). There won’t be many jokes that will remain in your head once the special is over, but what you’ll remember is the warmth, intelligence and fiercely confident energy that its charismatic namesake practically exudes at every turn.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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