YouTube star Lilly Singh is ready to take on the mostly male world of late night TV. Singh will debut a new late night show in September called “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” NBC announced Thursday. Samantha Bee and Busy Philipps both host their own late night shows, but Singh will be the only woman to host a show on one of the big four networks.
Ms. Singh, 30, will host a half-hour show in the 1:35 a.m. slot on NBC beginning in September, according to a statement from NBC on Thursday. She will be an executive producer on the show and will be the only woman with a late-night show on one of the so-called Big Four broadcast networks, the statement said.
“An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late-night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Ms. Singh said in the statement. The show will include in-studio interviews as well as taped skits and segments.
Speaking with V.F. in 2016, Singh described her dream scripted TV program as such: “It would be Game of Thrones somehow meeting The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Like, a comedic version of Game of Thrones. I would like to be a Khaleesi with a comedic edge.”
It would probably be difficult to bring that vibe to a talk show—which Deadline reports will run half an hour and find Singh interviewing an array of guests, as well as creating her own pre-taped comedy sketches and signature segments. That latter part sounds right up her alley; on YouTube, Singh has a host of viral comedy clips, including videos like “How Girls Get Ready.”