History is being made in the late night television space, right in front of our eyes On Thursday, NBC announced that Indian-Canadian YouTuber Lilly Singh, will be receiving her own network television show, A Little Late With Lilly Singh. Singh’s show will be replacing long-time television personality, Carson Daly and his show, Last Call With Carson Daly. The comedian’s show is set to debut this fall in September. “Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” said NBC late night executive vice president Doug Vaughan. “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.”
As an Asian woman of colour, watching Lilly announce that she will hosting her own network television show is insane to me. Growing up I couldn’t fathom the thought of watching someone who looks like me on television, and here I am today witnessing before my eyes that Superwoman whom we all love and laugh too is now part of the NBC family.
Lily will be the first woman on late night in over 30 years
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I can’t even believe I am writing this caption. This is so surreal. What is happening? I NEED TO SIT DOWN. Okay. *breathe* I’m THRILLED (and crying) to announce that ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show! AHHHHHHH!! And not only did I get to announce this dream come true on @fallontonight but @sethmeyers came out and surprised me as well! I’m so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. I’m numb. I can’t even process. This has been SO long in the making and I’m so happy I can finally share this with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! There’s so many people to thank and I will do so over the next few (or hundred) posts. Watch the segment live at 11:30pm est! And now… it’s time to work. It’s time to make magic. It’s time to hustle harder than ever before. Blessings 🙏🏽 #LillyOnFallon #TeamSuperAllDay
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Gotta get used to this seat! • When I was presented with this NBC opportunity, I really needed guidance on how to evaluate my options and make the best decision. I sought out advice from two individuals, both whom I admire and respect deeply. Thank you @therock and @hasanminhaj for answering that call. I feel privileged that I can hit you up and ask you tough questions. Thank you for so selflessly dropping your wisdom and in turn, helping me make this beautiful decision. I’m forever grateful. • Thank you to my fellow YouTube creators who continuously inspire me and blaze a path that so many people can benefit from. I am so proud to be from this community and I believe in our community. Your messages of support have filled my whole heart. • Thank you @nbc for believing in me and betting on me. I can’t wait to take this crazy ride with you and make magic. You won’t regret it. • Thank you to my team at #WME @teamid HJTH and everyone at @unicornislandprod for working so hard to continuously make my dreams come true. I don’t know what I’d do without you. • And thank you to everyone sending me such supportive tweets, messages and emails. My phone and I are both overwhelmed with love. You having my back as I start this new chapter means so much to me. • With so much love ❤️
Through NBC Late night show series, The last time a woman occupied a spot on late night network television was in the late 1980s, when Joan Rivers had her own program, The Late Show, on Fox, a network that has historically been less influential than NBC in the late night space. When the announcement was made, Singh released a statement saying, “An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true. I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”
As a fan of Lilly I have witnessed the talent grow from her days back in Youtube as her famously creative character Superwoman, she has without a doubt inspired many people around her and around the world. Singh started her YouTube channel, IISuperwomanII, in 2010 and used the platform to share her comedy, music, and her Punjabi culture to her 14 million subscribers—diverging from the traditional path male comics have taken from stand up to late night. She’s a highly qualified celebrity interviewer, having collaborated with The Rock, Seth Rogen, Priyanka Chopra and more.
Lilly will be debuting her first show at 1:37 AM, night slot is right after Seth Meyers singh’s programme accurately titled A Little Late With Lilly Singh. Fun Fact: Jimmy Fallon started in a similar way before he secured Jay Leno’s spot on The Tonight Show in 2014.