From an homage to Toronto’s CN tower, to downing a shot of maple syrup while a Mountie watched, to the loonie drilled into the set floor for luck, there was no forgetting her roots, and we were so here for every show-stopping minute of A Little Late with Lilly Singh‘s debut.
Lilly took to fellow late night hosts (or “uncles” in her words) Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers’ shows earlier in the evening to get us primed and ready for her history-making first ep. Over at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (weeknights on CTV2 at 11:35 p.m. ET), she shared a 2011 tweet where she stated she wanted her own talk show (the power of manifestation, you guys), and at Late Night with Seth Meyers, she expressed her gratitude to be following in such iconic footsteps.
So when our girl finally hit the floor with her opening monologue, which she rapped, we knew she was ready, making plenty of references to her race and sexuality (seems that commitment to a gender-balanced writing team is already paying off), as well as giving shout-outs to her Indian roots and the powerful women of colour who’ve blazed trails before her (whatup, Mindy Kaling and Michelle Obama!). And with Mindy herself taking up the important role as Lilly’s very first guest, it was fair to say it was a serious celebration of all things innovative, refreshing and genuinely hilarious. In fact, setting it apart from other late-night shows will be its purposeful focus on the laughs, and less on politics, which means it’s sure to have Lilly’s comedy blueprint all over it.
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Covering everything from Mindy’s new life as a mom, to updating The Office for 2019, to keeping up with teen slang, and the role of female talk show hosts, Mindy and Lilly’s on-screen rapport was a delight to behold. And they kept the fun times rolling all the way through with Mindy’s former co-star Rainn Wilson also popping out for a chat.
For long-term fans of The Artist Formerly Known as IISuperwomanII, it’s surely no surprise to see her take up the late night reigns with her hallmark wit and charisma, and for those who don’t have any idea who this new WOMAN on late-night is, buckle up, because it seems she’s ready to take us on a journey every night.