Although people out in cable-land can turn to the reliable comedic sensibilities of folks like Samantha Bee and Trevor Noah, it’s one of those begrudgingly accept maxims of the TV universe that network late-night hosts really only come in a single flavor: White, and male. Now, NBC is finally getting ready to break that apparent stranglehold of Jimmys, Seths, and Stephens on network TV’s nighttime talk show offerings—albeit only for a show that airs at 1:35 in the morning. (Still, that’s progress, right?)
Variety reports tonight that Lilly Singh—who got her start as a ridiculously popular YouTube star, operating under the channel name IISuperwomanII—has been tapped to take over Carson Daly’s old Last Call spot, replacing it with a new series titled A Little Late With Lilly Singh. Singh went on her new lead-in’s lead-in The Tonight Show this evening to talk about the news, accepting congratulations from Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, and announcing that the show will likely debut this September.
Singh’s accomplishments over the last few years are numerous, and include films, books, and being a YouTube celebrity who’s somehow resisted the siren call of blurting racial slurs at Fortnite opponents while poking dead guys with a stick. She described her new series as an extension of her channel, which features comedy videos, vlogs, and that one time she hung out with The Rock.