Lilly Singh: NBC’s new late night host is brown, queer, and a millennial

A Little Late host Lilly SinghThere’s finally a lady in late night and her name is Lilly Singh. NBC tapped Singh to replace Carson Daly in the 1:35 a.m. timeslot. A Little Late with Lilly Singh will debut this September. She will be the first woman in late night on broadcast television since Joan Rivers in 1987.

Singh is of Indian heritage, making her one of two people of color in the space. DL Hughley will host his own show starting next week on TV One.

Oh, and she’s also bisexual. And a millennial.

Lilly Singh announces news on The Tonight Show.

The soon-to-be historical late night queen was quick to acknowledge the women who came before her when she announced the news to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. “A huge shout out to all the women who have been before me and are currently in the space because I couldn’t have done it without them paving the path.”

As the audience cheered with excitement for a female late night host (finally), Jimmy Fallon surprised his guest with a glass of champagne. That glass also happened to be carried by Late Night host Seth Meyers. The two veteran hosts toasted the newest addition to the NBC late night family.

“Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” said Doug Vaughan, who is NBC Entertainment’s Executive Vice President of Special Programs and Late Night. “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.”


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I can’t even believe I am writing this caption. This is so surreal. What is happening? I NEED TO SIT DOWN. Okay. *breathe* I’m THRILLED (and crying) to announce that ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show! AHHHHHHH!! And not only did I get to announce this dream come true on @fallontonight but @sethmeyers came out and surprised me as well! I’m so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. I’m numb. I can’t even process. This has been SO long in the making and I’m so happy I can finally share this with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! There’s so many people to thank and I will do so over the next few (or hundred) posts. Watch the segment live at 11:30pm est! And now… it’s time to work. It’s time to make magic. It’s time to hustle harder than ever before. Blessings 🙏🏽 #LillyOnFallon #TeamSuperAllDay

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Lilly Singh replaces Carson Daly on NBC.

Carson Daly announced last month he’d be stepping down from Last Call after 2,000 episodes. Since then, NBC has pondered a replacement. Currently, the only women in late night are Busy Philipps on Busy Tonight and Samantha Bee on the once-a-week TBS series Full Frontal. Also last month, Comedy Central announced it will fill their empty 11:30 slot with David Spade. Spade’s show will feature him and his friends talking about, to use his words, “whatever’s stupid, whatever’s dumb.”

The Hollywood Reporter suggested Chelsea Handler could make a return to late night, as she previously hosted her own late night talk show on E!.

NBC’s first millennial late night host came from YouTube.

Singh is a Canadian YouTube star with over 14 million channel subscribers. She launched the channel in 2010 under the pseudonym Superwoman. The actress has proven versatile in her ability to play various family members during sketches. Her creativity and humor have attracted the attention of fans all over the world and her experience on YouTube will make her valuable to what NBC recognizes as a competitive digital marketplace. Forbes even named her one of their 30 Under 30 several years ago. Singh is currently 30-years-old.

A Little Late with Lilly Singh will be “kind of like my YouTube channel,” explained the comedian. The half-hour show will feature guest interviews and pre-taped comedy sketches. Singh promised the show would be inclusive and cut from her own mold. After jumping out of her chair with joy, she shared her excitement that “my sound guy won’t also be an extra and also write the script.”

Editor’s Note: This article previously claimed Lilly Singh was the first openly queer late night host on broadcast television. Wanda Sykes, who came out in 2008, hosted a late night show on Fox in 2009. We regret the error.

Billy Procida

Laughspin editor-in-chief Billy Procida is a stand-up comedian in New York City. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast where he talks to women he's hooked up with about sex, dating, and why they didn't work out. Reach him on Twitter.

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