Late night television has often been the domain of men and men only. But all of that is about to change with the announcement that YouTube star and comedian Lilly Singh will take over NBC’s 1:35 a.m. talk show slot. Carson Daly’s announced in February that he was stepping down from Last Call after a 17-year run. Singh’s new show, A Little Late With Lilly Singh, will make its debut in September. Singh will be the only woman to lead a late-night show on a broadcast network.
The format of A Little Late will be a half-hour program including in-studio interviews with a variety of guests, original sketches, and signature segments.
Singh made the announcement official on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She said, “I do have an announcement and that is that ya girl is getting her own NBC late-night show! I’m so excited because I truly get to create a show from scratch. I get to make it inclusive… and create something I really believe in.”
Singh also gave love to all the women who came before and paved the way. “A huge shout-out to all the women who have been before me and who are currently in this space, because I couldn’t have done it without them paving the path. Truly, I couldn’t have. But I do think it’s a little awesome for an Indian-Canadian woman also to get a show.”
“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh, 30, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”
“Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President of Special Programs and Late Night at NBC Entertainment. “She is a multi-talented performer who will surely have a great rapport with not only all her guests but also with our devoted late-night audience. We can’t wait to get started.”