Lilly Singh is the First Woman to Host a Late Night Television Show in More Than 30 Years


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History is being made in the late night television space. On Thursday, NBC announced that Indian-Canadian YouTuber Lilly Singh, will be receiving her own television show, A Little Late With Lilly Singh. Singh’s show will be replacing long-time television personality, Carson Daly and his show, Last Call With Carson Daly. The comedian’s show is set to debut this fall in September.

“Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” said NBC late night executive vice president Doug Vaughan. “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.”

This appointment marks a few firsts for late night television. Below, a brief guide to why Singh’s new show on the major network is a big deal.

Singh will be the first woman on late night in over three decades.

The last time a woman occupied a spot on late night network television was the late 1980s, when Joan Rivers had her own program, The Late Show, on Fox, a network that has historically been less influential than NBC in the late night space.

When the announcement was made, Singh released a statement saying, “An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true. I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”

Singh got her start as a YouTuber.

Singh started her YouTube channel, IISuperwomanII, in 2010 and used the platform to share her comedy, music, and her Punjabi culture to her 14 million subscribers—diverging from the traditional path male comics have taken from stand up to late night. She’s a highly qualified celebrity interviewer, having collaborated with The Rock, Seth Rogen, Priyanka Chopra and more.

Singh’s late night slot is right after Seth Meyers.

Singh’s program, accurately titled A Little Late With Lilly Singh, will start at 1:37 AM. Jimmy Fallon started in a similar way before he secured Jay Leno’s spot on The Tonight Show in 2014.

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