Lilly Singh is one of Canada’s funniest exports, and while we’d always assumed it would be a wild ride to work for, and with, her, Lilly confirmed as much in her The Hollywood Reporter cover story this week when she revealed the inner workings of life at the A Little Late with Lilly Singh offices.
In case you’ve been taking a snooze when it comes to Superwoman’s current career trajectory, Canada’s most famous YouTuber-turned-comedian-turned-actress-turned-entrepreneur (girl is busy!) has landed her own late night talk show, set to premiere on September 16 right after Late Night with Seth Meyers. She’s the first ever openly bisexual woman of colour to helm a show of this kind and it looks like she’s both taking it seriously and having a BLAST with it. Her writers and other collaborators definitely are too.
The THR article is riddled with little clues that Singh is the best. boss. ever. She started her first pitch meeting by throwing every writer a pair of fuzzy unicorn slippers and announcing, “Live your best life in the office—you don’t have to wear shoes!” She brings a money gun to every writing session and showers people with fake $100 bills every time she likes a joke. She’s filled a conference room with sayings like “Stop tweeting boring sh**,” and, “Nothing good comes from hitting Reply All.” We want her in our office now.
It’s not all fun and games though; Lilly and her team (consisting of a gender-balanced array of talent from across late night and comedy) are hard at work crafting a show that’s a “creative playground” and totally true to its host. She’s given a little sneak peek at what we can expect.
Celebs, Celebs and More Celebs
Lilly’s life is name-drop after name-drop, so you can expect a bunch of her famous friends to show up and give her a hand in creating fabulous ~viral~ content. We already know she’s got mad support from her late-night neighbours, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, and she’s so far solicited writer suggestions from Amy Schumer, tips on surviving your show’s first year from Trevor Noah and image advice from Hasan Minhaj. She’s also had sitdowns with Michelle Obama, Bill Gates, Charlize Theron and, OH YEAH, she’s BFFs with The Rock and was part of Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding.
In the words of Canadian YouTuber Kanwer Singh: “I’ve seen Lilly just plow through her vision boards.”
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Less Political, More Funny
Lilly has said yes to the desk, but she’s not going to spend her time sitting behind it rehashing the news. Since part of her agreement with NBC is that she needs time for pursuing other creative opportunities, A Little Late will be shooting the entire 96-episode season during the fall. That means it might not be as timely as other late-night shows, but that’s not the point.
“There’s a million places to get [news],” says producer John Irwin. “Our goal is to do half an hour of comedy. We’re going to stay away from politics. Her stuff is going to be a little more personal, a little more based in her experiences.”
She’s Lilly Now, Y’all
After spending near a decade with the “Superwoman” moniker, Lilly has revealed that she’s planning on switching things up for late-night and going by “Lilly” rather than the name on her YouTube channel.
“When I created my YouTube channel, I was, like, call me Superwoman,” she said. “More and more, I would like to call myself Lilly.”
She’s clarified that the change doesn’t mean she’s pulling out of the YouTube game. In fact, YouTube will likely factor into how people experience the show.
“I think of the show as launching at 1:30 and then it has a life for the next 24 hours,” she said. NBC execs confirm that it’s “totally fine” if audiences view the show as clips on YouTube rather than on the channel. As for Superwoman’s personal YouTube, that’s not going anywhere just yet.
“When it feels right, I’ll stop,” Lilly explains. “I very much view social media as a storytelling tool for my job. I don’t view it as part of who I am.”