Canada-based Lilly Singh or ||Superwoman|| (as she’s known on YouTube) is becoming the first woman to get her own late night show on American network NBC. Anyone who has followed late night shows with personalities like David Letterman, Jay Leno and even Jon Stewart, understand what a big deal it is for a network to (finally) have a female host. And on top of that to have a woman of colour as host is a big step for inclusion and representation.
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) March 15, 2019
Singh made the announcement on another late night show hosted by Jimmy Fallon, also an NBC show. So now the line-up for NBC will be: Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, followed by Lilly Singh. The show has been adorably named A Little Late With Lilly Singh. She’s now the first woman to join the likes of Fallon, Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, James Corden.
People, who began following Lilly Singh’s YouTube channel where she undertook the moniker Superwoman, know what a long journey this has been. One of the earliest female superstars on the Internet, Singh would put up vLogs, skits and overall funny content, where she would mimic her parents, generic desi folk, and talk about her identity as a Punjabi growing up in Canada.
Quickly becoming one of the biggest stars on YouTube, Singh went on to collaborate with Indian comedy groups like All India Bakchod, directed Priyanka Chopra in a sketch, and went on to star alongside Michael B Jordan in his film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451.
The late night show is a prestigious tradition on American television, where the host does a monologue satirising the current state of affairs in the country, and interviews guests ranging from politicians, athletes and actors. If the show turns out to be anything like Lilly Singh’s umpteen viral sketches, then it will surely be a riot to watch.