YouTube Star Lilly Singh to Replace Carson Daly in NBC Late-Night Slot
The broadcast network announced in February that 'Last Call With Carson Daly' would end after 17 years.
Comedian and YouTube star Lilly Singh is taking over the 1:30 a.m. spot previously occupied by Last Call With Carson Daly, making her the only woman currently with a late-night talk show host on a broadcast network.
Her new show will be called A Little Late with Lilly Singh and will debut on the network in September. The half-hour show will feature in-studio interviews and pre-taped comedy sketches and segments.
"An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late-night show? Now that is a dream come true," Singh said in a release announcing the news Thursday (March 14). "I'm thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild."
A taste of Singh's comedy can be found on her YouTube channel, ||Superwoman||, where she has amassed 14 million followers since she began posting videos eight years ago. The Ontario-born actress — who has appeared in HBO's Fahrenheit 451 and 2016 film Bad Moms — regularly performs sketches in character and is known for a bit where she impersonates her parents, who immigrated from the Punjab region of India. The multihyphenate, who has written a book and toured with stage show "A Trip to Unicorn Island" in 2015, came out as bisexual in February.
Singh, 30, announced her new series Thursday on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. "To clarify, it's not Jimmy's slot," she joked, adding, "I'm so excited because I truly get to create a show from scratch." She likened the show to her YouTube channel but said now she'd have "more than three staff members and my sound guy won't also be an extra and won't also write the scripts."
NBC announced in February that Last Call With Carson Dalywould end after 17 years. The broadcaster said Daly wanted to spend more time with his family but would remain involved with the network via The Voice and Today. Former Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler was considered a potential candidate to replace Daly given her recently signed first-look deal with NBC. Singh joins Fallon and Late Night host Seth Meyers on NBC's lineup. The three toasted to her role during her Tonight Show appearance Thursday (see photo, above).
"Lilly is truly a star and we're thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family," said Doug Vaughan, executive vp 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."
Singh is represented by WME, Anonymous Content's Sarah Weichel and Hansen Jacobson.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.