Lilly Singh’s Upcoming Late Night Show: The Details You Need To Know

By Amit Chowdhry ● March 20, 2019

Recently, 30-year-old YouTube celebrity Lilly Singh made history when she announced her own late night TV show. Singh will be taking the 1:35 a.m. talk show slot following Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers as Carson Daly steps down after a 17-year run with “Last Call.” Singh’s new show is going to be called A Little Late With Lilly Singh and it will be launching in September.

Singh first came into the spotlight as a YouTube star. Before setting up a YouTube channel, Singh was in her final year of college and was finishing a degree in psychology. After being inspired by YouTube celebrity “Jenna Marbles,” Singh started her own channel called IISuperwomanII. And then she was invited to the Google Partner Program in her first year. In 2012, Singh hired a manager and moved to Los Angeles a few years later.

Singh partnered with cosmetics company Smashbox in 2016 and launched a red lipstick shade called “Bawse.” And then she published a book called “How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life” in 2017 — which became a New York Times best seller.

And Singh also appeared in films like “Bad Moms,” “Ice Age: Collision Course,” “Fahrenheit 451” on HBO, and a YouTube documentary called “A Trip to Unicorn Island.” Now Singh’s YouTube channel has more than 14 million subscribers. And she is represented by WME, Anonymous Content, Hansen, Jacobson, and ID. Forbes estimated that Singh earned $10.5 million in 2017.

The half-hour show on NBC will feature interviews and pre-taped sketches. Singh is going to be the executive producer of “A Little Late.” And Polly Auritt, the head of Singh’s Unicorn Island Productions is going to be the co-executive producer. Universal TV will also be producing with Unicorn Island.

Singh made the announcement on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

“A huge shoutout to all the women who have been before me and who are currently in this space. Because I couldn’t have done it without them paving the path. Truly, I couldn’t have. But I do think it’s a little awesome for an Indian-Canadian woman also to get a show,” said Singh in an interview with Fallon.

Singh is going to be the only woman and LGBTQ person to lead a late night show on a broadcast network. This means that Singh is the first bisexual woman of color to be hired for a major network talk show.

“Lilly is a beacon of hope and a role model to countless young LGBTQ people, and her new role on late-night will serve to inspire countless more,” wrote GLAAD Chief Communications Officer Rich Ferraro in a statement to Bloomberg.

Daly was the host of “Last Call with Carson Daly” for 17 years and 2,000 episodes. Prior to “Last Call,” the show was called “Later” and it was hosted by Bob Costas (1988). Greg Kinnear and Cynthia Garrett were also hosts of “Later.”

Ever since Singh made the announcement, there has been an outpouring of support on social media:

In French, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted “Congratulations Superwoman! You’re making Canada proud – and making us laugh along the way”:

“Thank you Prime Minister! Please find a way to send me ice caps and Timbits while shooting,” Singh responded.

Until September 2019, Singh is going to continue working on her YouTube channel. Singh’s YouTube channel generally focused on topics like dating, friendship, and growing up as a child of immigrants. Singh will likely carry some of this format over to her talk show.

“Lilly is truly a star and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our NBC family,” added NBC EVP of Special Programs and Late Night at NBC Entertainment Doug Vaughan via ET Online. “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.”