It feels like years since the announcement that Lilly Singh—Canadian golden child, YouTuber extraordinaire, Girl Love activist, the Superwoman we need—would be shattering the glass ceiling of late-night television as the first-ever female late night host on a major network. Pause for applause.
The announcement was made back in March and we’ve been waiting not-so-patiently since then to hear when-oh-when we might be gifted with a nightly dose of A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Well, hold on to your snapbacks, because the deets are finally here.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lilly’s new show will take over the Last Call with Carson Daly 1:35 a.m. slot on NBC starting Monday, September 16. Yes, Carson will be bidding adieu to late night after 17 years, but change can be a good thing—especially when it means Lilly Singh and a diverse cast of writers get to try their hand at running a talk show.
Late night has historically struggled with diversity, but Lilly’s show is breaking down barriers both in front of the camera and in the writers’ room. A Little Late will have a gender-balanced writing team (cue Justin Trudeau a la 2015 cabinet announcement) with a whole bunch of late-night vets including former writers of The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Tonight Show and What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage.
Are you excited yet? We are. And Lilly is. Obviously.
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“I’m literally counting down the days until the premiere. It’s 53,” Lilly told THR. “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with this all-star team of writers as we work to bring a new, authentic perspective to late night.”
Episodes of A Little Late will run a half-hour and feature in-studio interviews and pre-taped comedy sketches similar to other late night shows but with the twist that the whole thing is helmed by an Indian-Canadian woman.
Lilly Singh has been a YouTube powerhouse since the early 2010s with her ||Superwoman|| channel and has spun those sketches, vlogs and comedy videos into a diverse career including acting, music, advocacy, a book, charity work and being a generally inspiring human. That’s right, homegirl’s a JLo-level multihyphenate.
So we’ll be marking our calendars for September 16 and re-reading How to be a Bawse in the meantime.