Cover photograph by Marco Grob for TIME
01/03/2014 at 06:30 AM EST
If you're expecting Seth Meyers
to do the "History of Rap
" with Justin Timberlake
when he takes over Late Night
from Jimmy Fallon
on Feb. 24, think again.
While he's following in Fallon's footsteps, making the transition from Saturday Night Live
to talk-show host, that's where the similarities end. He's ready to shake things up.
"I like that everyone before me has established this as a place to try things out," Meyers says in the new issue of Time
, which features him on the cover. "It's 12.35 at night. You can do crazy stuff."
For Meyers, 40, that means that right now he's still working out what that crazy stuff will be.
"On paper, Seth and Jimmy look the same, but they're so completely different," Meyers's Late Night
producer Mike Shoemaker says.
While there still will be a monologue, a desk and celebrity interviews, Meyers isn't even sure if he'll have a DJ or a band. While Fallon loves music, Meyers is more into politics, sports and current events. "The defining thing with him is his intelligence and curiosity," says SNL
and Late Night
executive producer Lorne Michaels.
So expect more sketches, with Late Night
staffers playing recurring characters, but his former SNL
pal Amy Poehler
says Meyers will be a natural when it comes to interviewing actors, authors, politicians and other celebs.
"He enjoys bringing the best out of people," she says. "Maybe it's his improv training, but he really knows how to make other people look good."