A Little Late With Lilly Singh


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Laghima Pandey

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A Little Late with Lilly Singh is a late-night talk show on NBC hosted by Canadian comedian and YouTuber Lilly Singh. The show premiered on September 16, 2019, as a replacement for Last Call with Carson Daly with its 1:35 a.m. ET/PT time slot. Singh is the first bisexual woman, as well as the first woman of color since Cynthia Garrett in 2001, to host an American broadcast major network late-night talk show.

Singh started her YouTube channel, “IISuperwomanII,” in 2010, and over the course of nine years, she earned nearly 15 million followers with a blend of characters and sketch comedy. For her talk show, she’ll also follow the groundwork laid by “IISuperwomanII” in steering clear of political issues but continuing to use humor to highlight social issues important to her.

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In her first episode, she introduced herself, saying that she is unlike every other network late-night host, a straight white man. “I get it…I’m not your traditional talk show host,” she said, grinning in a bright red suit.  She then performed a rap song addressing issues important to her, saying, “I’m gonna throw some melanin up in your late night,” and “I ain’t talking about Donald unless his last name is Glover.”

Singh also thanked the many successful, powerful women of color who have paved the way for people like her, giving shout outs to her friend Mindy Kaling (who appeared as the first guest on her show), former first lady Michelle Obama and, last but not least, the brown M&M.

Within the first week, she demonstrated that she’s a funny, fast, and magnetic interviewer. She’s proved to be capable of steering the conversation where it needs to go.