Seth Meyers supersizes A Closer Look to recap Trump’s trial and Biden impeachment

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Late Night with Seth Meyers and “A Closer Look” made their long-awaited return to television on Monday night. Seth Meyers extended the popular segment to recap all the major stories from the summer of 2023.

Late Night made a point to start last night’s episode by acknowledging the Writers Guild of America strike and resolution. The strike kept Meyers and his show off the air since May, but the host believed it was well worth the sacrifice in order to get writers a better deal.

And as if any more proof was needed, the writing staff at Late Night put together an extended version of “A Closer Look.” Similar to Stephen Colbert’s monologue, the segment looked to recap what was a wild summer.

Meyers jokingly tried to recap the summer in under two minutes, hitting on everything from Trump’s indictments to Ted Cruz’s hot takes on Barbie. But in order to truly get a handle on everything that happened, Seth Meyers’ “A Closer Look” needed to go “to the max.”

A recap of Seth Meyers “A Closer Look” at Trump, Biden, and the summer of 2023

Seth Meyers kicked off “A Closer Look” by covering Donald Trump’s appearance at a New York City courtroom to face fraud charges. Meyers joked that Trump only returned to New York to celebrate Late Night‘s first show back since the WGA strike.

Meyers went on to pick apart Trump’s “genius legal strategy” of attacking the judge just before entering the courtroom. Going further, Meyers pointed out Trump claimed that he can’t be held liable because his business records have a disclaimer that says “don’t believe any of this.” The Late Night host compared it to the warning that appears before episodes of Jackass.

“A Closer Look” moved on to cover how Congress managed to avert a government shutdown. However, Seth Meyers wasn’t exactly impressed with how Republicans handled the situation, telling his audience that a party of Kevin McCarthy, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, and Lauren Boebert shouldn’t be taken seriously.

The only thing more embarrassing than the shutdown fiasco? The Joe Biden impeachment inquiry. That was Meyers’ assessment of the GOP’s summer as “A Closer Look” turned up the heat on Republicans.

Meyers called it “political interference” on behalf of Donald Trump. But as “A Closer Look” highlighted, the lack of evidence and confessions by Republicans means it’s a non-story.

Late Night with Seth Meyers is back with brand-new episodes all week long. Fans probably haven’t seen the last of “A Closer Look” for the week either, so stay tuned.