Carson Daly is hanging up his late-night hat and a fairly new face is taking his 1:35/12:35c late-night talk show spot. During her appearance on Thursday’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, comedian Lilly Singh announced her new late-night show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh. The show is set to air on NBC starting in September. This news is especially important because it marks a big change for the current landscape of late night TV talk shows.
“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh said on Thursday. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”
When A Little Late premieres this fall, Singh will be the only woman hosting a late night program on one of the Big 4 networks. So, who is she? Look no further. We’ve got the 411 on Singh, the newest face of late night TV, ahead of her official debut as a host. In addition to hosting A Little Late, Singh will also executive produce under her Unicorn Islands Production banner. Read on to see what else she’s done in the comedy world and beyond.
It’s official. Ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show… A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Thank you so much for being here. I am truly so grateful. ❤️
— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) March 15, 2019
Singh is a wildly successful YouTube star
Known under her YouTube handle “IISuperwomanII,” Singh has amassed more than 14 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, which she launched in 2010. According to her channel stats, her videos have been viewed nearly three billion times. In addition to sharing live comedy skits and funny commentary, Singh also posts pop culture reaction videos and more.
She’s the CEO of her own production company
In 2018, Singh launched her Unicorn Islands Production banner and hired Polly Auritt, the former head of original programming at Mashable Studios, to head development for the company. At the time, the Hollywood Reporter noted that Singh and Auritt planned to develop several series across genres including animation, comedy and horror, as well as unscripted content. One planned project was an adaptation of Singh’s New York Times best-selling memoir, How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life.
She is a best-selling author
As noted above, Singh is also a best-selling author. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life recounted her experiences as a comedian, YouTube star and actor, while also providing advice for women who want to climb to the tops of their fields.
She is an actor
According to Variety, Singh has appeared in films including Bad Moms, which starred Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis, as well as HBO’s Fahrenheit 451, which starred Michael B. Jordan. Singh also voiced the characters Misty and Bubbles in the 2016 DreamWorks animated movie Ice Age: Collision.
She cares about women’s issues
In 2015, Singh launched the GirlLove initiative, a global effort to “break the cycle of girl-on-girl hate” and provide education opportunities to girls in countries like Kenya, Ecuador and India. For three years, she has teamed up with WE, an organization supported by Prince Harry and Meghan (née Markle), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to facilitate this effort.
With so much experience already under her belt, Singh is an ideal candidate to take on late night TV in Daly’s place. We can’t wait to see what she does next.