The album was released the year before his critically acclaimed performance in the motion picture Good Morning, Vietnam (1987). Williams had been shifting his focus from stand-up comedy to filmmaking for several years, and Night at the Met would be one of his last major concerts during the 1980s. The show is a mix of Williams' rapid-fire humor and voicework, with riffs on the topics of drugs, world affairs, sex and children. References to the events and people of the 1980s are strewn heavily throughout—U.S. PresidentRonald Reagan, Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, and President of the Soviet UnionMikhail Gorbachev are central to many of the jokes.