Seth Meyers' new office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza is a blank. Bare walls, a few boxes, a fresh legal pad on the otherwise empty desktop. There's one lonely picture tacked on his desk, of Meyers with the Count from Sesame Street.
You'll have to excuse the future Late Night host for not decorating: he still has another NBC office upstairs, at Saturday Night Live, where he's been since 2001. (Meyers' last SNL episode won't be before the beginning of February, he guesses.) So he commutes, by elevator. This December morning, he's going to take comedy pitches from his still incomplete Late Night writing staff. "Then I'll go upstairs and start writing on something," he says. "Then I'll pop down here and look at the next pass of those bits. Then I'll spend the night sleeping upstairs. Then I'll wake up and come down here. It's like having two families. I feel like Ray Liotta at the end of Goodfellas, with the helicopter following me."
For now, though, much of Meyers' Late Night job is waiting for Feb. 24, after Jimmy Fallon moves from Late Night to Tonight, when Meyers takes over the 12:35 a.m. E.T. show. Waiting for his new studio to get built. And waiting, in a way, to figure out who he isat least as a host.