John Mulaney caused a ruckus on Late Night on Wednesday night when he made host Seth Meyers ditch the business casual look he’s been rocking since the show was filming in his attic in 2020.
Mulaney walked on stage at Studio 8G wearing a suit and holding another, which Meyers, wearing a dark crewneck, quickly found out was meant for him.
After telling Meyers that he dresses as though he “had a date and didn’t want to wear the same clothes at work, so you stopped at the Gap in Astor Place and bought a sweater,” Mulaney talked the Late Night host into putting on the dress shirt, tie and jacket:
While Meyers had switched back to his sweater in time for the show’s next segment, his fans took to YouTube the next day to make it known that in their opinion, the comedian shouldn’t get any big ideas about bringing suits back to Late Night.
Hundreds of comments on the video of Mulaney’s suit intervention had the same message: The suit is dead. Long live the sweater.
Fans of Late Night said the casual look they’ve gotten used to over the years made them feel “safe,” “comfortable” and cozy,” and that ditching the suit had made Meyers more relatable and looser on set.
Some commenters said they’ve been comforted that Meyers has kept his more casual look because of its connection to the first stage of the pandemic, when many of the usual layers that separate host and viewer were abandoned and Meyers developed a closer relationship with his fans.
Others said that with society overall having become much more casual, dressing formally on late-night TV can feel archaic:
Fans don’t have anything to worry about, though, sartorially speaking. Although the show is already known for paying attention to and incorporating viewer feedback, Meyers said during a Q&A at the Tribeca Festival earlier this month that there’s one major reason suits don’t make sense for Late Night:
And a few people even used Meyers’ body language during the segment as evidence that it was just a bit:
Meyers has hosted Late Night in a suit on only one occasion since March 2020: to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the franchise with its creator, David Letterman. It seems the bar has been set for formal attire on Late Night, and its (thankfully) a high one.