By Tracy Brown
Lilly Singh is getting her own late-night show.
The actress and comedian joined Jimmy Fallon on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show to announce that she will officially be joining the NBC late-night family with her new series called A Little Late with Lilly Singh. The show is expected to launch in September.
“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late-night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.”
With her new show, Singh will become the only woman currently hosting a late-night show on broadcast TV.
During the Tonight Show segment, Singh reassured Fallon that she would not be taking over his job. A Little Late with Lilly Singh will instead be replacing the long-running Last Call with Carson Daly in the 1:35am time slot. Last month it was announced that Last Call would end its 17-season run after 2,000 episodes.
“I’m so excited because I truly get to create a show from scratch,” Singh told Fallon. “I get to make it inclusive. I get to create comedy segments and interview people and really create something that I believe in.”
Singh is perhaps best known for her YouTube channel, which has amassed more than 14 million subscribers. She previously told The Times that authenticity was the key to success on the platform.
“People are very good at recognising when a creator is just saying something for the sake of saying something,” she said in 2015. “Every video I make I really mean what I’m saying and people can see that through the screen and that’s why they [viewers] like it.”
“Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” Doug Vaughan, NBC Entertainment’s executive vice president of special programmes and late night, said in a statement. “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.”
Singh will also serve as an executive producer on A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Polly Auritt will be a co-executive producer. – Los Angeles Times/TNS
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